Presented by:


Danny Haidar

from FreedomBox Foundation

Danny's job is to decentralize the web using pocket-sized private servers running free and open source software. As Vice President for Product and Development at the FreedomBox Foundation, he prepares FreedomBox to be put in the hands and places that need it. To that end, he collaborates with software developers to meet user needs, pursues partnerships to bring FreedomBox to market, and engages communities that need FreedomBox. In his work, he draws on wide-ranging professional experiences, which include IT for a public school district, communications for a congressional campaign, constituent services for a U.S. congressional district office, and social services at homeless and refugee shelters. Danny earned his B.A. in philosophy, political science, and linguistics from Columbia University. He wants to use FreedomBox to create and protect freedom in the 21st century.

With the widespread availability of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, a multi-device lifestyle has emerged in which it is possible to do one computing task on multiple devices seamlessly. From instant messaging to note-taking to file transfers, once single-device computing tasks now flow between the multiple devices in our lives. The flow of computing between devices requires a cloud server at the center. But what happens if the cloud at the center works against us instead of for us? Our personal autonomy is at risk. Enter FreedomBox: a simple home server which acts as the nexus of all of your devices. Join this session to learn about FreedomBox, how you can use it to cut the major platforms out of your multi-device computing, and the recently announced purchasable FreedomBox product.

45 min
LinuxFest Northwest 2019