"Freedom Box": Internet free of government control?

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What if there were a network of computers all over the world that operated outside government or corporate control? As Daniel Sieberg reports, that is the premise for the so-called “freedom box”.

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  • Date of recording: Sun, 2011-03-06
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00:00 [Commentator] A long time pioneer for the open Internet Eben Moglen champions the idea of a Freedom Box.


00:08 [Eben Moglen] They are inexpensive, compact, low power machines like this (showing the device). That can do everything a much larger server computer can do.


00:16 [Commentator] It starts with a device made by global scale technologies in California, which sells for a 100 dollars. Think of it as a blank canvas. The company says it can be used for many tasks, like controlling the lights in your house but combined with Moglen’s software initiative it would become a Freedom Box: designed to circumvent government’s censorship. 


00:36 [Eben Moglen] If you have one and your friend Suzie has one, then you and Suzie can have sharing of your lives like with Facebook or with Twitter except insecurity using encryption. 


00:48 [Commentator] Even though it does’t look like a computer, it can act like one. Instead of a mouse or a keyboard you use a smartphone or a tablet like an iPad to run it. The device plugs in in a power outlet and communicates through regular Internet access or if that’s get shut of: a wireless connection.


01:05 [Interviewer] How would this be used in a country like Libya? 


01:09 [Eben Moglen] They have no Internet because the government has cut their ability to communicate, and cellphone systems are either shut or jammed. Boxes like these in people’s houses could make a mesh that is just the boxes communicating by wireless between themselves.


01:27 [Peter Eckersley, Electronic Frontier Foundation] Maybe that’s possible, that’s very ambitious. 


01:31 [Commentator] Peter Eckersley is from the  Electronic Frontier Foundation that supports online freedoms but he worries that the Freedom Box acquires too much computer know-how.




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