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Open Source Privacy Hardware

Freedom Box Foundation Wants Plug Servers For All 225

Posted by samzenpus
from the plud-privacy dept.
An anonymous reader writes "From the article: 'A Columbia law professor in Manhattan, Eben Moglen, [is] putting together a shopping list to rebuild the Internet — this time, without governments and big companies able to watch every twitch of our fingers. ... Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.'"
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Freedom Box Foundation Wants Plug Servers For All

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  • You can run a server with any ISP, but you can't use this server for BUSINESS if you have a residential plan

    That's not what the acceptable use policies that I've read state. From Comcast Xfinity Internet AUP []:

    prohibited uses and activities include, but are not limited to, using the Service, Customer Equipment, or the Comcast Equipment, either individually or in combination with one another, to: [...] use or run dedicated, stand-alone equipment or servers from the Premises that provide network content or any other services to anyone outside of your Premises local area network (“Premises LAN”), also commonly referred to as public services or servers. Examples of prohibited equipment and servers include, but are not limited to, e-mail, Web hosting, file sharing, and proxy services and servers;

    From Verizon DSL and FiOS Internet AUP []:

    You also may not exceed the bandwidth usage limitations that Verizon may establish from time to time for the Service, or use the Service to host any type of server.

  • by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @05:59PM (#35225446)
    Having seen some of Eben's lectures, I recall his angle is that the problem is that companies/government agencies control the servers, and thus control your data and data on you. He want's people to run their own email/document/media/social networking services on platforms that network with each other rather than monolithic, centrally controlled servers (be they in private or public hands). The idea is not some much a different 'network', that's still in the hands of ISPs, but a different, decentralized approach to services that handle personal data etc.
  • Re:wifi plus raid (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @06:01PM (#35225458)

    Asus RT-N16 with tomato usb or ddwrt will do what you need.
    it can take upto 2 usb hard drives and is gigabit multiband with n. and costs 100 bux or so.

  • by msauve (701917) on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @06:09PM (#35225544)
    Well, FCC rules trump their contract. Their recent net neutrality findings [], which were broadly criticized here, won't allow ISPs to discriminate against servers:

    Rule 1: Transparency
    A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such services and for content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings.
    Rule 2: No Blocking
    A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management.
    A person engaged in the provision of mobile broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block consumers from accessing lawful websites, subject to reasonable network management; nor shall such person block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services, subject to reasonable network management.
    Rule 3: No Unreasonable Discrimination
    A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service. Reasonable network management shall not constitute unreasonable discrimination.

  • Re:err. what. (Score:5, Informative)

    by sjvn (11568) <sjvn@v n a 1 .com> on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @06:11PM (#35225564) Homepage

    Here's my fuller story on what Moglen and company have in mind:

    Freedom Box: Freeing the Internet one Server at a time []

    The short version is that the idea is to make it possible for you to use the Internet as freely and privately as possible no matter what restrictions governments, businesses or ISPs have in mind.

    It still won't help if your government does an Egypt and pulls the plug, but short of that, it has real possibilities.


  • by c6gunner (950153) on Wednesday February 16, 2011 @07:18PM (#35226250)

    Yes. I tried running a home server. And all I got was this lousy service cancellation.

  • by A beautiful mind (821714) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @04:51AM (#35229824)
    I was in the audience when he explained [] the concept. The comments and the article I've seen so far does it no justice. Just watch the video.

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