Yesterday, I realized that we all needed to protect our privacy and that we might be facing something more than just ads. The solution, fortunately it was started: Freedombox
There is a specific part I want to cover: protected communication channels. Starting with E-Mails.
In the E-Mail world, GMail is the best, in my opinion, except that it is hoisted on Google servers. How about having a private GMail on your freedombox ? What are the use cases:
What we should see is before the E-mail a little line telling something like:
We could not determine which server sent the E-Mail, it might be spam or scam.
We could not determine which server sent the E-Mail, it appears to come from google.com but google.com generally signs outgoing E-mails. This is probably spam or scam.
The E-Mail was sent from google.com
The E-Mail was sent from toto31.freedombox.net and has been signed by firstname.lastname@example.org.
The E-Mail was sent from toto31.freedombox.net and has been encrypted by email@example.com.
Now, the freedombox provides many services. For example we need to have a PGP Key server. How do we advertise that? DNS was made for that. I was thinking specifically about Avahi, providing Multicast-DNS on the local network. I think we need to either transform Avahi into a full DNS server that could run on the Freedombox or have it publish records in an existing DNS server on the box. Why? Because services are already used to publish DNS records using Avahi.
We also need to have a network of Freedombox to add redundancy to our DNS servers. That could be implemented as a second part. It would also be good if we could have a domain like freedombox.net where all freedombox could have a free subdomain for free. Domain names are a necessity.
Now, what I want to do is simple:
- Buy a plug computer and install Freedombox on it
- Work on integrating a SMTP server that would
- send signed E-Mails
- receive E-Mails and filter them
- Integrate an IMAP server
- Integrate a PGP Key server
- Work on integration with DNS
- Work on a client that would sign e-mails, send them and open the inbox on IMAP
Now, it would be freat to have in all modern browsers a
dns: scheme which
would present all the services of a specific server. For example it could tell
- This server provides a web server. Browse
- This server provides a LDAP address book. Browse Search
- This server provides an XMPP server. Sign-In
- This server provides a SMTP server. Send E-Mail
This would be awesome.