I am a freelance author, researcher and activist working on digital rights and Free Software issues. You can read about my work and background here.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds for the initial research work on the alternative to Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox and other services that I temporarily called "percloud". In a nutshell, this is about integrating existing Free Software to get one bundle that can run on any computer, offering the same services of those portals, while being almost as easy to use as they are. To know more about it, how it would work and why I think it's different, much simpler and potentially bigger than other projects in this space, please read its overview, FAQ, roadmap, or... just look at this 10 slides percloud explanation at Slideshare!
What I need & What You Get
The hardest part of this project is to research and document properly, with enough detail (see the roadmap for more):
- what Free Software tools should be used and why
- design specification for the (few) parts that should be done just for this project
- how to build and maintain it
Making this happen will finally give a viable alternative to the many, many people who use centralized Web services, even if they know how limiting, ephemeral and against their privacy, only because there is nothing else with more or less the same ease of use. And since everything, from specifications to the actual software, will be available with open licenses, everybody will be able to adapt the system to their needs and/or to run it on whatever computer they want.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute to this project, no problem but please:
- Spread the word as much as possible, even using the Indiegogo share tools.
- Let me know your opinion!