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[Freedombox-discuss] alternative hardware idea

On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 02:43:31PM +0000, John Sturdy wrote:
>I heard Eben's talk at FOSDEM, and it occurred to me that, in some
>jurisdictions, ownership of a Freedom Box could itself be regarded as
>either suspicious or even criminal. (For example, countries that
>restrict cryptography, or can jail you for not disclosing keys, as is
>the case in the UK.)
>So it would make sense to run the software on a device that has some
>other reason to justify its existence / presence; perhaps some kind of
>embedded device that is always switched on.
>A specific such device, that at first I thought of just because of the
>irony of it, is the wireless IP CCTV camera.
>On further thought, it seems this could be specifically a very
>suitable kind of device for the purpose, as it has a continuous stream
>of information-poor data which would be ideal for encoding things in
>As an added benefit, such cameras could also form a sousveillance network.
>(Quick introduction: I'm a programmer, based in the UK.  I don't think
>my skillset has much overlap with what's needed for this project, but
>I just wanted to drop this idea in, in case it's useful.)

I find this quite relevant.  And a clever concrete suggestion!

At the same time, I find that this particular project is on boxing 
Freedom-enabling technologies in a specific form-factor being "Plug 

If we try reach everything relevant, we get there nowhere soon!

So keep 'em coming, but be cautious on trying to actually include it 
into more concrete parts of this project.

  - Jonas

  * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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