FreedomBox : box clé en main pour des communications privées, anonymes et sécurisées

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FreedomBox : box clé en main pour des communications privées, anonymes et sécurisées

Type d'organisation: 
le secteur de la société civile
$500,000 - $1 million
Sommaire du Projet
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Cet ordinateur à faible consommation offre un haut degré technologique en matière de vie privée, d'anonymat et de sécurité, avec une configuration minimale pour des utilisateurs finals non spécialistes.

About Project

Problème : Quel problème ce projet essaie-t-il d'adresser ?

Inherently, there is an assumption that the Internet can instantly facilitate cohesive communities, however, we have seen that this has not been the case. In many places, the network is frail. Access is ad-hoc, unreliable or incompatible. Crises render the network unreliable (Egypt or Syria), absent (Sendai) or even treacherous (China). Elsewhere, censorship, privacy invasion and lack of security restrict direct personal communication. A few web sites carry most internet communication. They steer interaction toward monetizable channels and toll-taking gatekeepers. They give your private communication to hostile governments. Social networking sites sell you, your personal data, and your social graph to advertisers in the guise of creating infrastructure that fosters community. Digital infrastructure is everywhere inadequate for safe, unmediated direct interpersonal communication. This inhibits cooperation and community organization. It prevents the kind of communities that make momentous social change in the face of powerful opposition and daunting obstacles.

Solution: Quelle est la solution proposée? S.v.p soyez précis!

FreedomBox will put in people's own hands and under their own control encrypted voice and text communication, anonymous publishing, social networking, media sharing, and (micro)blogging. We need a robust, open network architecture to serve popular needs from the pipes up to the user. The solution is decentralized infrastructure so all the people on the network can communicate free of external or artificial barriers. Much of the software already exists: onion routing, encryption, virtual private networks, etc. There are tiny, low-watt computers known as plug servers to run this software. The hard parts is integrating that technology, distributing it, and making it easy to use without expertise. The harder part is to decentralize it so users have no need to rely on and trust centralized infrastructure. That's what FreedomBox is: we integrate privacy protection on a cheap plug server so everybody can have privacy. Data stays in your home and can't be mined by governments, billionaires, thugs or even gossipy neighbors. FreedomBox assembles robust software, makes that software work well together, and configures it to be as easy as possible to use. We provide that software for free under open source licenses to hardware vendors who install the software on low-cost plug servers, which they sell. Other people will download our software for free and install it themselves on their existing hardware (a spare netbook, perhaps). With FreedomBoxes in their homes, anybody, regardless of technical skill, can easily enjoy secure, private, even anonymous communication!
Impact: How does it Work

Exemple : Faites nous découvrir comment cette solution fait la différence en utilisant un ou plusieurs exemples concrets ; en incluant aussi ses activités principales.

* Egyptian Democracy activists had trouble talking to demonstrators in the streets because the Mubarak regime shutdown parts of the internet as well as many cellular networks. If your internet plug is pulled, the box will use mesh routing to talk to other boxes like it. If any of them can get a packet across the border, they all can. * The US government famously sought information about internal WikiLeaks communications from Twitter and other social websites. By moving our communication from centralized monoliths to decentralized servers in our homes, we protect our data from government prying. * Many whistleblowers and dissidents need to anonymously talk to media and the public. With the FreedomBox, they can use VOIP to encrypt telephone calls and can create anonymous web servers over TOR to publish documents. Anonymous instant messaging or microblogging are also possible. * FreedomBoxes are encrypted web proxies. Boxes in uncensored countries can bounce signals for users stuck behind censorship walls---each one is a tiny crack in the Great Firewall. Chinese users could surf the entire net free from government eavesdropping. * FreedomBoxes are useful on a daily personal level too. That same proxy technology can scrub web sites of ads and tracking technology as you use them, thus protecting your privacy. FreedomBoxes help you encrypt your email. They also know who your friends are and can back up your data in encrypted form to their FreedomBoxes. You can get your data back even if you don't know your password. Even absent a crisis, privacy matters.

Marché : Qui d'autre adresse les problèmes mentionnés ici ? Comment ce projet diffère-t-il de ces approches ?

FreedomBox has no competitors. Projects exist to make individual parts of the FreedomBox, but nobody seeks an integrated solution to address a broad range of privacy, anonymity and security needs. Those individual projects are our partners, not our competitors. Their success is vital to our mission, because the open source technology they create powers the FreedomBox. Peers include Tor, PageKite, Mesh Potato,, Diaspora, Tahoe, Friendika, and Commotion. All these projects have interoperability as their goal, and when they are deployed on computers that are not FreedomBoxes, our users benefit from the network effects. Projects exist to deploy meshes to disaster sites. This is difficult. Our approach is daily utility so the mesh is present when disaster strikes. Additional mesh capability deployed by such projects would of course improve the network. There are also entrenched social networking websites that people use despite their lack of respect for privacy. We won't move recalcitrant users off those websites but will instead empower those who want a more secure alternative. FreedomBox will have to interoperate with established services like Facebook and Twitter.
A propos de vous
FreedomBox Foundation
A propos de vous
A propos de votre organisation

FreedomBox Foundation


, NY, New York County

Pays dans lesquels ce projet crée un impact social
Depuis combien de temps votre organisation opère-t-elle ?

Moins d'un année

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Sélectionnez la phase qui s'applique le mieux à votre solution

Création (un pilote qui vient juste de démarrer)

Depuis combien de temps le projet existe-t-il ?

En place depuis moins d'un an

Impact social
Point de départ : nous voulons que vous nous racontiez le moment où l'idée vous est venue. Racontez où et quand le ou les fondateurs ont compris dans quelle mesure cette solution pouvait changer le monde.

Our Aha came from a few sources. Eben Moglen identified centralization of communication infrastructure as the big privacy and anonymity threat. Ian Sullivan and James Vasile were investigating how plug servers suit a range of home applications. All three are passionately interested in returning control of our digital lives to individuals.

Eben pulled these threads together and presented them to the world in a talk entitled "Freedom In the Cloud". It was watched by a couple hundred people that night, and later many thousands via web video. Volunteers translated it into many languages and suddenly the geek world was buzzing.

As the Arab Spring spread, the value of protected, reliable communication was immediately obvious as governments sought to prevent protesters from reaching each other and the world. FreedomBox as Democracy tool was the Aha moment for a lot of our supporters and we gained national media attention that brought us many dedicated team members.

WikiLeaks showed how whistleblowers and dissidents need much the same infrastructure, and the FreedomBox can serve a range of users, from normal individuals to freedom fighters.

Every day is Aha on this project!

Précisez l'ampleur et la portée de l'impact social de votre solution à ce jour.

Our project is still in the pilot stage, but we've already had an impact on a lot of people. About 100 people have built prototypical FreedomBoxes: plug servers loaded with existing software to protect their privacy. These boxes do onion routing, strip web traffic of malicious content, provide secure VPNs and do a host of other things, each suited to the needs of its builder.

More broadly, our goals extend beyond creation of FreedomBoxes. Step one is raising awareness of privacy, anonymity and security issues while showing people that technology exists to address those issues.

Many thousands of people have watched speeches by Eben Moglen, James Vasile, Bdale Garbee and a long list of our community members. In those speeches, we have raised awareness of how centralized architecture threatens privacy. And we have helped people understand that if they band together they can do something about it.

The proof of impact is in the thousands of individual donors to our project and the thousands of people who have written to the Foundation and participated in our email lists. We are a young project, but people have responded to us with amazing efforts and enthusiasm.

Quel est l'impact envisagé de votre projet dans les un à cinq ans à venir ? Votre idée peut-elle être reproduite ? Si oui, comment ?

We create open source software. Our workflow upstreams all our technology to the Debian project, which will make it instantly available on the millions of Debian-installed computers worldwide. Anybody can build a FreedomBox from our work. They can use an existing Debian computer, toss it on an old laptop or buy one pre-configured off the shelf fromone of several vendors. We have begun talking to industry partners about putting FreedomBox technology in a variety of small home computers, from set-top cable boxes to home automation devices.

Our goal is to see tens of thousands of FreedomBoxes in a couple dozen countries within five years. Also within 5 years, I would like to see the Freedom Stack provide one major user-facing social application with secure, decentralized communication.

Les projets gagnants sont ceux qui expliquent clairement comment ils comptent assurer et maintenir leur croissance. Indiquez votre plan de développement de l'impact sur six mois.

Working Groups (inc. UX) integrating, producing software, documentation and an early feature release on working hardware.

Les tâches de 6 mois
Tâche 1

Develop high-level user experience vision. Begin executing that vision throughout project.

Tâche 2

Develop common user interface system. Begin integrating software into that system.

Tâche 3

Continue packaging, testing and developing privacy-respecting software on our hardware.

Et maintenant, voyez plus grand ! Indiquez votre plan de développement de l'impact sur 12 mois.

1.0 Release!

Les tâches de 12 mois
Tâche 1

Complete a working wireless router with at least three high-quality privacy-respecting features.

Tâche 2

Polish documentation and translate it into a dozen languages.

Tâche 3

User-interface testing with naive end-users.

Combien de personnes ont été touchées par votre projet ?

1,001 - 10,000

Combien de personnes pourraient être touchées par votre projet au cours des trois prochaines années ?

Plus de 10,000

Expliquez comment votre entreprise, programme, service ou produit est structuré.


Quels obstacles ont freiné la réussite de votre projet jusqu'à présent ? Comment prévoyez-vous de surmonter ces problèmes et les autres à mesure que votre projet se développera ?

User experience is the most difficult and important problem we face, and we have not yet managed to build an expert team of volunteers to tackle it. We seek funding to, among other things, hire innovative designers who can develop a vision of a unified FreedomBox interface and then help us execute that vision.

Integrating disparate software and connecting it to our Freedom Stack (a library that provides easy, interoperable APIs for decentralized private communication) and our UI is difficult. We cannot possibly tackle all the services FreedomBox might offer. Our approach is to encourage community work on the parts people are passionate about while building support to enable that community work to succeed.

Comment voyez-vous l'évolution des secteurs des technologies de l'information et des médias sur les 10 prochaines années ? Comment votre solution s'adaptera-t-elle à cet environnement changeant ? De quelle manière votre solution pourrait-elle entraîner ce changement ?

The inexorable pressure of capital will continue to drive network infrastructure toward centralized, stratified architectures. At the same time, the pressure of competition will continue to require APIs for interoperability. Privacy will increasingly be illegal.

As those structures solidify their gains and extend their empires, we will distribute our boxes and develop our privacy-respecting alternatives. Peoploe will have the tools to seize control over their own digital lives, and the ones who value freedom will take that control.

L'échec n'est pas toujours une option. Si votre solution ne parvient pas à prendre de la vitesse au cours des deux prochaines années, quelles sont les autres applications de l'idée que vous pourriez explorer ?

FreedomBox is 100% open source, upstreamed into Debian and spread across many other projects. Much of our work will develop without us even if we disappeared tomorrow. Now that we have gathered a community in one place and concentrating on this idea, people will ultimately build FreedomBoxes of one kind or another, with or without us.

Also, our project includes several independent milestones. If our user interface layer is as good as we intend, it will be usable in many other projects. Likewise, if the Freedom Stack is good, it will outgrow us and underpin many other services.

If we have been too ambitious and need to retreat to a simpler idea, we will make simple privacy-oriented wireless routers with a few features and let it grow slowly and chaotically from there.

Donnez des détails sur vos choix en expliquant votre plan de financement.

FreedomBox is supported by public donations. We have raised over $100,000 USD from thousands of individuals. Public support for us is enthusiastic and if we produce results we know we public support will continue.

We plan as well to seek foundation and governmental funding. The work we do is very much in the public spirit and has the capacity to produce great change.

A mature FreedomBox with a large install-base will present opportunities for hardware and digital service vendors to build businesses related to the FreedomBox functionality. We believe some of those businesses will support us as an investment in a profitable and continually developing ecosystem.

Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?

We are supported by the Software Freedom Law Center, where our President, Executive Director and Project Manager are all employed (and given time to work on FreedomBox). We work closely with Tor. We cooperate with dozens of free software projects, sharing people, technology and ideas.

We have close relations with GlobalScale (they make plug servers) and Marvell (they make the chips that go in the servers). Those partnerships will ensure that our code ships pre-installed on consumer goods and that we can design for future editions of those servers.

Quel type d'équipe (salariés, volontaires, etc.) vous permettra d'atteindre les objectifs de croissance décrits à la section Impact social ?

FreedomBox is volunteer-driven. Unpaid staff: President, Executive Director, CTO and Project Manager. Volunteers: dozens of translators, a 5-person technical advisory board, scores of developers and documentarians. All of those people are unpaid.

We have one paid part-time community facilitator. And we need the executive director to become a full time staffer to manage this immense volunteer effort. We will likely need to hire a user experience designer, as that need has not been met with volunteer resources.

Changemakers est un espace de collaboration et de soutien. Indiquez les ressources communautaires dont vous auriez besoin pour développer durablement votre initiative. Sélectionnez toutes les réponses qui s'appliquent

Investissement, b. Ressources humaines/talents, Marketing/médias.

Indiquez les ressources que vous pourriez offrir pour aider d'autres initiatives. Sélectionnez toutes les réponses qui s'appliquent

b. Ressources humaines/talents, Marketing/médias, Recherche/informations, Collaboration/réseautage, Aide bénévole (juridique, financière, etc.), Innovation/idées.

Détaillez les besoins ou les offres d'aide indiqués ci-dessus et/ou suggérez d'autres catégories de soutien qui ne figurent pas dans la liste.

FreedomBox grows out of the Software Freedom Law Center, where we have been providing pro bono legal services to open source projects for the last 6 years. We talk to everybody in the culture/tech sharing world and are always happy to help good ideas reach the right people for collaboration.

Définissez votre entreprise, programme, service ou produit en une ou deux phrases courtes.

FreedomBox is turn-key privacy, anonymity and security services and social applications on *your* server in *your* home.