Proposed talk / discussion for Democracy Lab sessions, D-CENT MADRID (see open call)

Discussion must be elated to: Initiatives for open democracy and a decentralized Internet (25th and 26th May) looking at privacy-aware, open source democracy tools and citizen empowerment through bottom-up participation.

45 minutes speech and discussion. Technology general introduction. FreedomBox personal server review. Privacy and independence to enhance democracy. The challenge of its adoption by a large public: "low" and "high" levels.

Democracy: Privacy, Independence and Freedom

(5 mins) Theory of democracy and its reality (the 10% concept). History of privacy and independence. Privacy as a defense tool. Independence as a freedom tool.
(5 mins) Low level - Private circle (Family and friends): the vaguely anxious busy-nothing-to-hide crowd. High level - Public circle (groups and organizations): getting back to independence, a core element justifying a switch from third party hosted services to self-hosted applications.
(5 mins) Comments and discussions.

The Rise of Inexpensive Hardware and Self-hosted Applications

(5 mins) What is a Single-board computer (SBC). Increasing density of integrated circuits history. Cost effective and power efficient. Open Source Hardware (OSHW). List of recommended hardware.
(5 mins) Self-hosted web applications definition. Hosted services and Private clouds. List of awesome free software apps (e-mail, file sync, IM).
(5 mins) Comments and questions.

FreedomBox Tools Review and Questions

(5 mins) FreedomBox introduction. Ready made personal server designed with privacy in mind. Private cloud. Smart home router. Apps list. Free software only. Debian Pure Blend.
(5 mins) How to get and use. Options: SBCs, PCs, online servers. Example: Instant Messaging (XMPP app).
(5 mins) Comments and questions.


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