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A mobile phone that respects your freedom

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Motivation and challenges building a mobile phone that respects your freedom, privacy and digital rights - and is hackable. This talk will present a summary of a two year journey, which is still ongoing.

Today mobile phones are _the_ computing device of the decade, maybe even of this century. Almost everyone carries one, every day to every place. They are pretty much always connected and we entrust almost our entire digital life to them - any form of communication (voice, text, video), all kinds of entertainment (reading, web surfing, video/movies), personal information (address books, social media), location (navigation, location sharing) etc. Pretty much our entire digital life is mirrored by these devices and to a growing extent happening right on them.
What is often not fully recognized is that this huge ecosystem of mobile hard- and software is controlled by only a very few globe spanning companies. Our digital life is to a large part controlled by these companies and currently there is little way around them.

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Also: Purism Shows Off First Shots Of The Librem 5 Smartphone's PCB

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  • Purism CTO Presents “A Mobile Phone that Respects Your Freedom” at CCCamp

    It is not easy to build hardware that respects your freedom, and it becomes even more challenging when that hardware is a mobile phone. No one knows this better than Purism CTO Nicole Faerber–and at CCCamp 2019 she elaborated on these challenges in a 45-minute presentation: “A Mobile Phone that Respects Your Freedom.” While we strongly suggest everyone view the talk itself (it’s so good!), in this post we will pull out a few of the highlights:

Librem 5 smartphone will have two M.2 slots

  • Librem 5 smartphone will have two M.2 slots for replaceable wireless cards

    Purism’s upcoming Librem 5 smartphone is designed to stand out from in a few big ways. It’ll ship with an open source, GNU/Linux-based operating system called PureOS. Users will be able to replace the operating system with an alternate OS if they like. And there will be hardware kill switches to let you shut off features you’re not using in order to give users more control over privacy.

    The phone has been in development for a few years and while it seems unlikely that the estimated ship date of Q3, 2019 is still accurate, Purism CTO Nicole Faerber recently gave a presentation about the progress made so far… and publicly revealed what the phone’s printed circuit board (PCB) will look like.

    One intriguing detail? There are two M.2 slots for the wireless cards. That means users may be able to swap out cards to replace or upgrade wireless capabilities in the future.

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