[Freedombox-discuss] Introducing myself

Charles N Wyble charles at knownelement.com
Fri Apr 8 16:20:09 UTC 2011

Hello all,

I recently sent an introduction message to the nextnet list, and figured 
I should the same here!
I want to apologize for just jumping into the list discussion without 
properly introducing myself.

My name is Charles Wyble and I'm a system operations guy. I've worked 
for numerous major global brands (Disney/Fox/Evite.com/Intuit), various 
defense contractors and numerous small startups. I have extensive 
experience with global scale web operations, everything from (R)DBMS to 
CDN optimization. Lots of security work etc etc etc.

I was based in Los Angeles for several years and have recently relocated 
to the Austin TX area for a large hosting provider.

After working at all these large entities I learned a lot about big 
operations. I also saw the level of data mining that went on. It was 
very revealing.

As I mentioned the other day, ( at 

)  I have been working on building an
implementation of the FreedomBox (well the software pieces anyway).

I am very excited that FreedomBox has put a brand around the concept of 
data ownership. I look forward to participating in the process of 
turning that concept into a complete hardware/software stack that let's 
folks own their data.  Hopefully my post wasn't too over the top, or off
base. If so please let me know!

My previous engagement ended with shipping a working mesh based on the 
excellent work done by the VillageTelco.org folks and assisting in the 
production of a howto for folks to follow in order to make their own 
mesh very quickly. That can be found

I'm excited to have found this list and to be engaged in the process.

My website is at http://www.knownelement.com which links to my wiki and 
blog. Everything I do is open source and I am very
open about the progress as I go along (via my twitter feed at 
twitter.com/charlesnw and my blog/wiki).

My data ownership wiki page is at 
http://wiki.knownelement.com/index.php?title=Data_Ownership << This 
captures what I consider
a 1.0 (data off the cloud onto programs/sites I control).

I consider 1.5 being a Tahoe-lafs backup system and 2.0 being a multi 
site active/active architecture that's easy to setup. 3.0/3.5 being
increasingly amounts of security/encryption/anonymity bits.

I"m actively working towards making these milestones happen and to ship
completed technology platforms that others can do great things with!


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