Title of devroom:
Decentralized Internet and Privacy
Elaborate description of proposed devroom (including possible topics):
The Free Software movement initial promises were to empower individuals and the collective when it came to computing. Three decades later, computing practices are tightly coupled to the Internet ecosystem. PCs are less and less used while smartphones are soaring and data is collected and stored on servers on which we have very limited control as users. What happened to user’s freedom and privacy in the meantime? The outlook is not so great: we have less and less control over our digital environment. Network neutrality is heavily attacked and mainstream software products are usually proprietary or run on servers we don’t have control over. This month, again, copyright laws have been modified to leverage the centralized Internet giants and better control their users. Modern technology has given the powerful new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on people - with critical social and political consequences.
- Community-driven networks
- Community based around self-hosting or local hosting
- Self-hosting solutions
- Ethical hosting providers / alternatives to GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft)
- Decentralized / federated network protocols and platforms
- Decentralized / distributed instant messaging, file sharing and content storage
- Anonymous overlay networks: https://www.torproject.org/ https://freenetproject.org/
- Whistleblower platforms: https://enough.community/ https://securedrop.org/ https://www.globaleaks.org/
- Privacy oriented Operating Systems: https://tails.boum.org/ https://heads.dyne.org/ https://www.qubes-os.org/
- Operational security: how to minimize the amount of information someone can collect about you online and on the streets https://freedom.press
- Basic threat modeling: what sort of paranoia do you realistically need to have? What can you do once you’ve defined your threat model?
- Steps to minimize damage in the event of a breach (hack, have items confiscated by border agents, arrest)
- Funding free software projects (ICT24 cascading funding)
The 2018 edition of the Decentralized Internet and Privacy devroom https://archive.fosdem.org/2018/schedule/track/decentralised_internet_and_privacy/ was very well attended and appreciated. Most talks had the room fully packed and the room was never less than half full.
2018 testimony and blog posts
2018 edition microbloging demonstrating success
The following projects may be interested in submitting proposals for presentations should the devroom be accepted:
Why does it fit FOSDEM?
- Free Software contributors are given an opportunity to understand and participate to globally useful projects
- The challenges can be explained to a very technical audience able to provide suggestions and ideas
- Successful Decentralization and Privacy protection need to be provided by Free Software
- Projects share a common goal and would get an opportunity to meet
- Saturday, Full day
- Loïc Dachary loic at dachary.org (or someone else if someone is willing)
Submitter’s affinity to the topic of the devroom:
Loic is a full time volunteer, developer of the Enough project, helping HRD, sources and journalists communicate securely and privately.
- Pierre Ozoux pierre at ozoux dot net
- hellekin how at zoethical dot com
- natouille at user-agent dot fr
A number of volunteers are ready to help organize the talk selection as well as the devroom logistics. They are organized at https://forum.enough.community/t/whos-volunteering-for-what
Last year devroom (H.1301 (Cornil)) fitted the crowd quite nicely but we had to refuse people because the room was full on four occasions. A bigger room would resolve that problem.
Our preference is for a full day on Saturday.
If possible, we could also use the full Sunday for additional presentations and activities, maybe in another room of roughly similar size if one is available.