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DebianParl, Catmandu and ACTA

Next Sunday, November 10th, I will give a talk at [FSCONS][] in Gothenburg, about ongoing work in [EPFSUG][] and [Debian][] to improve democratic process at places like the European Parliament.

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FSCONS is an annual scandinavian hacker conference, with a very friendly attitude and atmosphere.

Slides and sources for them.

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FreedomBox - Helps You Stay Free!

On saturday 25. of May I gave a talk about FreedomBox at the "Claim back your device" track of LinuxTag in Berlin.

LinuxTag is a fairly big annual conference about (yes, you guessed right) Linux and related topics.

The FreedomBox is a project to help non-geeks care about their personal privacy when online, same ways as geeks have practiced for a decade or more. Concrete goal is to design a small, cheap physical box similar to an internet gateway or wifi router but with three additions:

  • Easy and intuitive to setup and personalize for non-geeks
  • Offers routines to help you protect your privacy
  • Offers routines to let you help others in need of privacy

"Privacy" is commonly mistaken as "secrecy": Privacy is to keep you in control of your information, so that sharing or keeping to yourself is truly your own choice.

Thanks a lot especially to Matthias Kirschner for inviting me as a speaker!

Slides (sources) for the event.

FreedomBox at work

Today Friday November 23rd I gave a talk at the Kaospilot University in Århus about FreedomBox.

Kaospilot University is a business and design school - and a dear and long time client of mine.

The FreedomBox is a project to help non-geeks care about their personal privacy when online, same ways as geeks have practiced for more than a decade.

The project is exciting in that is frames a common dream among lots of hackers and therefore sparks new innovation and renewed commitment.

The goal is frustrating to tackle, because us hackers most often solve problems close to ourselves (a.k.a. is driven by "an itch to scratch"), and only very few of us are interface designers, which are crucially needed to make things usable for non-geeks.

The digital infrastructure at Kaospilot University - Homebase - shares some of the same ideals of FreedomBox: Privacy-aware tools, Independence from providers, use of open standards and data formats.

Slides and sources for them.

FreedomBox - scratching someone elses itch

Today Sunday November 11th I give a talk at FSCONS in Gothenburg about FreedomBox.

FSCONS is an annual scandinavian hacker conference, with a very friendly attitude and atmosphere.

The FreedomBox is a project to help non-geeks care about their personal privacy when online, same ways as geeks have practiced for more than a decade.

The project is exciting in that is frames a common dream among lots of hackers and therefore sparks new innovation and renewed commitment.

The goal is frustrating to tackle, because us hackers most often solve problems close to ourselves (a.k.a. is driven by "an itch to scratch"), and only very few of us are interface designers, which are crucially needed to make things usable for non-geeks.

Slides and sources for them.

What is FreedomBox? And when can I have one?

On wednesday 7. of November I gave a talk at EPFSUG in Brussels about FreedomBox.

EPFSUG is an interest group of Free Software users working inside the European Parliament.

The FreedomBox is a project to help non-geeks care about their personal privacy when online, same ways as geeks have practiced for a decade or more.

The goal is a small, cheap physical box looking like and operating like an internet gateway or wifi router many are accustomed to nowadays - but with three additions:

  • Easy and intuitive to setup and personalize for non-geeks
  • Offers routines to help you protect your privacy
  • Offers routines to let you help others in need of privacy

"Privacy" is commonly mistaken as "secrecy": Privacy is to keep you in control of your information - you can then use that control to keep secrets from others or to share with others as you like.

Talking about personal privacy in the European Parliament can seem a bit of a stretch. It is not a home but a (huge) office space, where it is perhaps less obvious that you should treat some information as personal, or that you are even allowed to do so.

Try watch the videos, and if you have questions then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me about them.

At the EPFSUG meeting was also a presentation by an emplyee who had succesfully installed and used Free Software at the internal network of the Parliament, but then later told that it wasn't allowed - because the IT staff need to be in control of your computer activities at the place!

The head of IT services at the Parliament attended the meeting and gave a short improvised talk at the end, expressing positive interest in behalf of the established IT services at the place towards our grassroots activities - and even praising explicitly EPFSUG as being the ideal place for all EU citizens to ask questions about Free Software in relation to the European Parliament. See for yourself in the video of Giancarlo!

Thanks a lot especially to Erik Josefsson for making this event reality!

Slides, sources and videos from the event.

Talks about Debian Pure Blends

Talks presented during Asia trip, fall 2011

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