Demo with Freedom Box (you can participate!)

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Session Topic: FreedomBox Demo (T3C)

Convener: Markus Sabadello

Notes-taker(s): Markus Sabadello

In this demo, 5 plug computers (Guruplugs by GlobalScale Technologies) were handed out to volunteer participants and connected to power outlets.

Upon being plugged in, these small personal servers booted their Debian operating system and custom demo software.

Each volunteer of the demo was able to control one of the boxes via a web interface.

The first step was to connect one's box to the other boxes.

The second step was to sign in to the network with an identifier, in order for boxes to be able to find each other.


After being connected and identified, the demo allowed participants to do the following:

  • 1. Enter personal data which is stored in an XDI-based Personal Data Store on the box (first name, last name, email, etc.)
  • 2. Establish a relationship with other participants, which allowed access to the personal data on their boxes via XDI Messaging.
  • 3. Sending text messages from one box to another.
  • 4. Sending an "intent" to all boxes on the network, indicating what one would be willing to buy at a given price.
  • 5. Viewing "intents" received from the network.


There was a lot of good discussion about the potential of such a personal server for the Personal Data Ecosystem and Vendor Relationship Management.


The general idea behind the FreedomBox is to enable data sharing, communication and social networking that can not be monitored or censored.

This demo was neither created nor endorsed by the FreedomBox Foundation, but was simply meant to demonstrate what its idea is about.

The actual software used during the demo was developed by Project Danube.