Leaving Apple and Google: a message to /e/ users and supporters!

This is the end of 2018, and this year has been incredible.

By the end of 2017, I posted a few messages here about my quest for more data privacy, and corresponding plans to “Leave Apple and Google”. At this time, I thought I would just customize an Android ROM a bit and that it would be enough for my use and a few others…

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Leaving Apple & Google: a general eelo development status

Last year, I decided to leave Apple & Google: I want to free myself from the smartphone duopole, I want to regain control over my data privacy, I want to protect my freedom.

At first, I thought I would just fork Android, add a better design, remove any Google stuff, select a few privacy-compliant web services and add them to the system.

A little more than 6 months later, I realize that we’re building something really, really bigger than I had expected. This is made possible by the tremendous support I’m getting from many people around the world, and by a growing community of eelo contributors…

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Should we be concerned about Privacy with low-level Chinese smartphone firmwares?

Since I’ve started eelo.io, at the end of 2017, I had many discussions about the privacy of Chinese smartphone firmwares. Many people told me:  if it’s technically possible to put some anti-privacy features into the firmware, they do it.

What would be the benefit of running eelo on such smartphones if their proprietary firmware drivers leak some personal data to corporates or to the Chinese government?

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eelo is more than tech, it’s a societal project for Freedom and Democracy

As Lawrence Lessig explained on January, 1st 2000, Code is Law!

Computer systems, and more specifically software and data networks, have been driving the way the world has evolved recently. Software is now everywhere: in cars, trains and planes, in your house, in businesses and in industry…. Continue reading “eelo is more than tech, it’s a societal project for Freedom and Democracy”

Want to support eelo more? Become my Patron!

Yes, I need to eat and pay my bills. And until eelo becomes a success, with a working business model, the only way for me to finance my living doing some consulting. I’ve reduced this activity at the max but this currently takes me one day per week, or a little more.

eelo is gaining some momentum, it’s super-promising. Its potential is HUGE. And it’s the most exciting professionnal project I’ve started in my life.

I wish I could dedicate 1000% of my days into this project. So I’m looking for solutions that would preserve the Kickstarter funds to technical developments. Someone recently told me to have a look at the Patreon website. It’s a way for artists, writers, and more generally doers, to get some recurring financial support from people who believe in their project and want it to succeed.

So here we go… I now have a Patreon page. I hope it can be successful.

Please feel free to send me your suggestions to improve this page, and become my Patron! 😉

eelo updates… Indiegogo, new website, and a short-term plan

It’s been 10 days since our awesome Kickstarter campaign is over!

During these days, I’ve spent a lot of time answering many, many people. I’m getting requests of any kind: encouragements and kind words, questions about eelo, press requests, potentiel partnerships, …

That is very exciting, and I like it a lot to have all those interactions with people from everywhere on earth 🙂

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An open letter to Elon Musk, from eelo founder

 

Dear Elon,

Since the 90s, you have been a world changer with great projects like Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla, Hyperloop and OpenAI. And I’ve noticed you have released Tesla patents into the public domain, and have open-sourced the Hyperloop and OpenAI projects.

Behind your projects, I sense a single course of action: empowering people, while making the world better…

Today, the digital giants are massively abusing individual and corporate data planet-wide, for the single purpose of fueling their businesses. Worse, this is installing a global surveillance system controlled by a small group of people. In the long run, this situation even threatens democracy.

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