About the Foundation

What is a FreedomBox?

FreedomBox is a software system that powers an ultra-secure personal server built to act as a protective shield between you and the public internet. To that end, it couples a free software system with always-on, inexpensive, and power-efficient hardware about the size of a pocket dictionary. The hardware is a single-board computer that costs about 60 USD and offers the computing power of a smart phone. The software is a free and open source system available for download at no cost preloaded with many useful apps and tools designed to protect your freedom, privacy, and user rights.

Just install our system onto your single-board computer and plug it into your home network. A web interface acts as the central hub, offering one-click installs and simple configuration of apps and services. Right out of the box, you can connect to the internet via your FreedomBox because it functions as a Wi-Fi access point. In addition, FreedomBox also comes with numerous apps and services built-in, such as an anonymity network, encrypted messaging, voice calls, a privacy-defending VPN, an ad-blocker, an address book, calendering, and a blogging platform. As a private server, FreedomBox securely hosts all of your data and protects against data mining, surveillance, and cyberattacks.

What is the FreedomBox Foundation?

Founded in 2011 by Eben Moglen, the FreedomBox Foundation is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status that exists to coordinate, support and advocate for the FreedomBox community. Because FreedomBox is developed by a collaborative community of programmers across the globe, the foundation serves as a central hub that unifies the FreedomBox community. Based in New York City, the FreedomBox Foundation conducts the project's legal work, coordinates the activities of software developers, investors, and contributors, and strategizes the future of FreedomBox. The foundation also provides technical and logistical support to a growing team of software developers. Lastly, the foundation serves as the public face of FreedomBox by conducting outreach to the user community, organizing events and conferences, and working with partner organizations.

The FreedomBox Foundation's goal is to become the mainstream solution to privacy and security concerns for activists, journalists, businesses, and even ordinary people worldwide. From villages in rural India to dorms at American universities, the community of current FreedomBox users is large, but we want to make it even larger. People increasingly report feeling hopeless against mass surveillance, cyberattacks, and data-mining; it is this hopelessness that motivates our team to create a better future for the net. By advocating for the FreedomBox community, the foundation aims to restore hope in a free and open internet and reaffirm the primacy of user rights, one user at a time.

As a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, the FreedomBox Foundation does not seek to profit off of the FreedomBox project. In fact, the FreedomBox system is free for download. Our activities are charitable and educational because we want to make our software universally available to people across the globe, regardless of nationality, wealth, and status.

The FreedomBox Foundation is led by its President, Eben Moglen (Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center), Technical Lead and Member of the Board Bdale Garbee (former Debian Project Leader and President of Software in the Public Interest), and Member of the Board Yochai Benkler (Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society).