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.