FreedomBox at Elevate 2013

The Elevate festival in Graz has for many years had a reputation of criticizing the reality of highly centralized services and architectures on the Internet, and of exploring alternatives such as FreedomBox. The range of topics and activities at Elevate is broad and covers much more than just talks about technology, but the question of what communication on the Internet should look like is pretty much always a key aspect of the festival.

For example, in 2011 the festival featured a FreedomBox presentation by James Vasile.

And in 2012, we had a “FreedomBoxing” workshop to provide a live demonstration of some functions the FreedomBox can offer.

This year, we did not have a separate event for FreedomBox, we did however set up two live FreedomBoxes in the main conference venue, with open WLAN networks to connect to it. These two FreedomBoxes fulfilled the following functions:

  • Tor Router: All connections made on this WLAN were automatically routed through the Tor network.
  • VPN Router: All connections made on this WLAN were automatically routed through a VPN in Sweden.

All participants were able to use these networks, and therefore experience some of the potential FreedomBox functionality on their own devices.

One panelist even noted that in his experiences these FreedomBox WLANs were even faster than the “regular Internet” that was offered at the festival

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