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The Gandhian way to freedom and privacy

Nishant Sharma


The time is ripe to build a strong case for individual self-hosting, backed up by community-hosted public network services with mutual trust among members. In this talk, I will build a strong case for individual self-hosting backed up by community-hosted public network services by drawing parallels to Mahatma Gandhi's "Charkha Movement," in which the traditional spinning wheel became a powerful symbol of self-sufficiency and freedom. We will need a similar approach within our communities in order to truly own our devices and networks, and reclaim our right to privacy.


3 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.