[Freedombox-discuss] Raining on the parade

Elena ``of Valhalla'' elena.valhalla at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 08:45:10 UTC 2012

On 2012-06-25 at 21:10:12 +0200, Markus Sabadello wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM, Michiel de Jong <michiel at unhosted.org>wrote:
> > > On 06/24/2012 11:07 PM, Sandy Harris wrote:
> > >> [Hostile] regimes [would] stomp rather firmly on
> > >> anyone they caught with a Box?
> > that's actually a valid point i think.
> Yes this is also what someone from the W3C told me a few days ago. He
> said that the FreedomBox was overall a really bad idea and that hardcore
> activists would never use it, precisely for this reason. Not sure if I share
> this opinion though :)

one way to solve this problem is by making the freedombox useful 
also for non-activists 

> Yes definitely.. The FreedomBox was born out of Eben Moglen's vision to
> liberate
> us from the centralized Facebooks, Googles, etc. It is about having data
> under
> our control, and about decentralized communication. My understanding is
> that the
> use case of political activism is of course important, but just a subset of
> the
> FreedomBox idea.

this. If everybody who has an use for a computer also has an use for 
a freedombox (e.g. to share his pictures with friends, or any 
other harmlessi activity) it is something useful in itself.
If these tasks are done using strong cryptography (to stop 
the hackers) then an activist can use it knowing that it won't  
attract any more attention from the auctorities than using facebook 
or twitter does right now (except it will be safer for him).

Elena ``of Valhalla''

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