The good news is Google+ and there is the bad news too

Google seems to have done it right this time: Google+ looks like a credible implementation of a social strategy. Whatever that means, of course. Compared to the other half baked recent initiatives like Buzz or Wave, Google+ seems to have a much wider scope, it’s not just another product: it’s a foundation where all other…

The cloud of spies

Microsoft is not hiding the sad and cruel truth: you’re not safe from being spied when you put your data in the cloud. Any data which is housed, stored or processed by a company, which is a U.S. based company or is wholly owned by a U.S. parent company, is vulnerable to interception and inspection…

Awesome night at BALug presenting FreedomBox

Last night I was lucky enough to talk to great people at the Bay Area Linux User Group. The group meets in a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Good food, nice bar (I had a Campari with Soda, inspired by an Italian-American fellow GNU/Linux user) and great company. There were about 20 people so…

“Bump” and your data go to the cloud

When investigating the design of the FreedomBox app to exchange keys and establish trust between two people I looked at how the Bump App for iPhone and Android solves the issue. From their FAQ: Q: How does Bump work? A: There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart…

Get to know the FreedomBox project in San Francisco

Next Tuesday June 21st I’ll speak at Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG) about the FreedomBox project. The FreedomBox is a generation of smart devices whose engineered purpose is to work together to facilitate free communication among people, safely and securely, beyond the ambition of the strongest power to penetrate, they can make freedom of…

First code project for FreedomBox: the ‘bump’ challenge

Exchanging public keys and signing them is still a complicated matter for normal users. As part of the development of FreedomBox we are thinking of a simple way to establish trust and enable two people talk to each other through secure cryptographic means. One possible scenario is the following: User Jane meets her friend Ken,…

East and West coast so far apart: Moglen vs Jobs

June 6th 2011 was a strange day. Facing the Pacific ocean Steve Jobs was describing his perfect plan to know which books you read, what magazines you buy, what music you listen, who you correspond with, who you love and who hates you.Β  On the Atlantic ocean Eben Moglen, Lawrence Lessig were describing how that…

Technology is changing politics

That’s the theme of the Personal Democracy Forum that started today in New York. Too often, the discussion of technology and politics employs a kind of lazy shorthand. We say things like “The Internet is revolutionizing politics,” or “the Internet is helping dictators,” as if a set of network protocols and bits and wires could…

The FreedomBox on CBSNews

Eben Moglen explains on CBSNews the FreedomBox project: software that keeps you in control of your private addressbook and your digital life online combined with plug-computer hardware. The ending quote “If that’s a revolution then we’re doing it” is pure Moglen style. Enjoy it. http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf