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Discover how two geeks invented a kick-ass technology that helps normal people protect themselves from government snoopers.
Discover how two geeks invented a kick-ass technology that helps normal people protect themselves from government snoopers.
Discover how two geeks invented a kick-ass technology that helps normal people protect themselves from government snoopers.
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COMMUNITY CUBE: The NSA Hates Us.

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Argue that you do not mind the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is the same as saying you do not need the right to free speech because you have nothing to say.

#Privacy Matters.

We believe that government and corporate snooping are the biggest threats to personal liberty and democracy that we’re facing.

And you’re right, we need political change. But do you trust politicians? We sure don’t. Trust nothing but test everything!

COMMUNITY CUBE is a technology that makes protecting your privacy easy. Thanks to a unique combination of  open hardware and software, it’s both a server and a provider of free secure services. You can trust us, we are fully open.

COMMUNITY CUBE is a plug and play, open source, energy efficient server designed from the ground up with security and privacy in mind.

COMMUNITY CUBE is a one-time-payment product with no hidden fees.

This one-to-all  all-to-one model provides an ideal platform that renders every Internet service you might want, but without the risk of being spied on by the government, corporations, hackers and malware.

Please choose the pledge option that best suits you on the right.

Click the following links for an automatic, and less than perfect, translation & don’t forget to use the CC button under the player to get subtitles:  Deutsch   русский  奇诺  Español

We want to thank you for your support.

During this initial Kickstarter campaign you will have the opportunity to acquire your COMMUNITY CUBE at the lowest cost point we’ll ever offer.

The Internet is full of "free" services.

Most are offered by large corporations that work for the common good.

Right? Come on. You know better.

They are giving you something for “free” because they want something in return - your personal data.

By burying the details in their terms and conditions page, they are in fact hiding their nefarious intentions.

We operate exactly the opposite.

Because we integrate into each COMMUNITY CUBE a carefully selected  security audited services, you no longer need to depend on the good intentions of these big corporations.

Each COMMUNITY CUBE comes with the following functionality:

  • Cage OS, a secured open operating system
  • A decentralized anonymous Search Engine with admin rights.
  • A filter-connector for your Social Networks in one single place.
  • Secure decentralized video conferences.
  • A secure Storage System with collaborative tools
  • Transparent Email encryption for your actual email.
  • Anonymous web traffic enforcer Ad-blocker, intrusion prevention system, anti-virus and anti-tracking technology for your web browsing.

Our goal is the complete progress in total integration of those decentralized and collaborative open source tools.

The development of COMMUNITY CUBE services offers independence from any Internet authority, the cloud, corporation or government while educating users actively about data security, privacy and data disaster.

There are literally thousands of developers working every day to develop the code we use and is totally trustworthy. Not only have they have made this a success, but the millions of users prove the value of the open source we developed.

Not only is each COMMUNITY CUBE a dedicated device that protects your individual privacy, but together they form an invincible grid of redundant Internet services that protect all COMMUNITY CUBE users.

Each COMMUNITY CUBE is a node in this new citizen fueled parallel Internet physical hardware layer.

 In technical words , to protect you, Community Cube does:

  • Filtering virus, exploits malware, ads , bad IP-sources and bad content.
  • Decentralizing the services (doing impossible to apply big data to you )
  • Open authentication (dissolve legal relation between user and name-ip), Dark-nets (anonymisation of IP)
  • Forcing encryption for all communications and data storage and in rest.
  • Filtering the data that expose you, like scripts,cookies, browser info,etc.

COMMUNITY CUBE is designed to be robust and versatile.

You can connect your COMMUNITY CUBE to the network in the way that best suits you.

We support both cabled and wireless connections to your devices.

Each COMMUNITY CUBE comes with four network interfaces which are configured as follows: 2 Wireless and 2 Gigabyte Ethernet.

Are you outdoors? You can use our universal USB battery pack and any outdoor Internet connection (like 3G) to continue securing your communications.

The following diagram shows 2 different ways of connecting your COMMUNITY CUBE:

Once connected to the network, your data is always waiting for you.

Whether you are at home, in the office, or on the go, you can reach your data and use decentralized services, with absolute control, total privacy and invencible anonymity. 

With COMMUNITY CUBE you effectively create a quarantine zone which constitutes an isolated sub-network that adds an additional layer of security.

If you are running a publicly accessible web server this is especially important.

Each COMMUNITY CUBE is a fully integrated privacy protection server which comes with all of the following:

COMMUNITY CUBE is built on open-source hardware and software.

Its operating system and features are built on free and open-source software (FOSS). COMMUNITY CUBE uses the boards ODROID-XU3 Lite from Hard-kernel, which are 99% open.

You can run any Linux based operating system on it.

In the following link, you can find the electronic schema and our 3d designs.

Now you may be asking yourself (congratulations on getting this far!) why this project is different from so many other ideas out there?

While it’s true that we’ve invented very specific pieces of the puzzle, the real magic is in the comprehensive integration and testing.

We want COMMUNITY CUBE to be the most secure, private and reliable solution available.

Here’s how we stack up compared to other partial solutions:

OK. Let’s face it.  We’re geeks. We believe in letting people get their hands dirty with new cyber security stuff “if you don’t hack/root it, then you don’t own it.”

Not everyone is as tech-minded, NO PANIC!, that is our main aim, we made it for you, each COMMUNITY CUBE comes fully configured and ready to use.

However, if you’re like us - you’ll be happy too.

We publish everything according to open source standards, constructed using design and development related information that is offered freely and publicly accessible, includes schematic diagrams, code, parts lists, construction parameters and documentation. 

Want to make/modify something special?   Go for it!

We’re waiting to hear your story.

Cage Operating System is a Linux brand made by Debian that has been customized for optimal security.

The following list includes some of the features that have been added and modified in the Linux kernel (core):

• Anti-exploitation modules high tuned for OS attacking resistance.   
• Anti-forensic capabilities in the case of seizure by law enforcement. 
• Cryptographically enhanced modules for file memory and access modes. Boot and Full disk encryption and Cold Boot Attack patched. 
• Isolation: Each service runs in an isolated environment, to prevent security bugs that may affect the rest of the system and services. 
• Optimization: Proper service configuration helps to avoid possible vector attacks of unused libraries. 
• Backward/downward compatible: New security standards can receive, read, view or play older standards or formats.

There's a initial script to modify a Debian Wheezy and convert it into a CageOS: https://github.com/CommunityCube

You can read more in www.cageos.org

The following diagram illustrates some of the advantages of using Cage OS:

Today, everything important is data.

Imagine all the important information you have stored on the hard drive of your computer.

You are just one hardware failure away from disaster.

After all, when did you do your last backup? Unfortunately, centralized storage solutions such as Dropbox and Google Drive also present a variety of risks:

• Data kidnapping: A real example was Mega. (FBI closed it in 2009). 
• Disaster: Your external hard disks fail or stolen. (no disaster recovery)   
• Privacy: You're at risk of having your data hacked and stolen if it’s not encrypted.

The following diagram illustrates the problem with centralized data storage:

COMMUNITY CUBE is much more powerful.

In our decentralized system your valuable information is encrypted three times:

1. Before it even leaves your computer, in the web browser
2. In the collaboration tool before the data goes to the hard disk
3. When backing up to the grid, the slices will also be encrypted. 

The decentralized (i2p) version of Tahoe LAFS-Grid (with protections against Sybil attacks and upload Dodos) is a new way to make your data indestructible. 

A grid splits your files up into little pieces, encrypts them and spreads them out geographically, making it immune to any disaster or service outage.

Consider the following diagram:

With COMMUNITY CUBE you control what you share with people and how you share it.

Thanks to our integrated grid backup, you can federate your Community Cube with other people and synchronize shared content and collaborated tools automatically.

You can share not just single files through links, but a complete set of folders, contacts, agendas, and collaboration information with single or multiple cubes at one time then allowing upgrades of the set of collaboration data in real time automatically and anonymously.

You can also sync your home Community Cube with all of your portable devices to have the same files and receive the same alerts in real time.

If someone steals your cube or for some reason it is destroyed, you can simply buy a replacement COMMUNITY CUBE server and recover your lost data automatically from the Grid.

In minutes you’re up and running again!

The following diagram illustrates the different layers of data encryption that COMMUNITY CUBE provides:

If someone steals your cube or is destroyed, you can simply buy a replacement Community Cube server and recover your lost data automatically from the Grid.

We don’t mince words.

Centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter are selling your information.

In fact, not only do they sell your information but they process, analyze, correlate and integrate your personal data with literally millions of independent data points that they either capture or purchase.

In many ways they know more about you than even you do!

In our system, every person hosts the server side of the social network engine; therefore there are no corporations involved.

Consider the following:

COMMUNITY CUBE can act as a unified entry and outgoing point for all of your posts across social networks, as well as a filter for what is important to you.

For example, do you hate cat videos? (Really? Can I get you some help?)

You can use Community Cube to filter them out when it automatically imports posts from Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

You control your incoming and outgoing posts, and push your posts from a single place to everywhere with no need to open each social network in a separate tab.

We aren’t asking you to give up on social media.

Instead we offer you a way to be in the captain’s chair.

Search engines are almost just as bad.

Do you really want Google to keep a record of every whimsical search you make of the Internet?

Consider the following diagram:

We fixed this.

With your COMMUNITY CUBE, you are in charge. Thanks to our open source search engine and control panel, you can manage everything about your on-line searches.

You can configure almost anything to increase the quality of your results.

More importantly, forget ads, forget positioning, and forget leaving logs about what and from where you searched.

Just like search engines, most on-line communication programs also represent serious privacy issues.

Consider the problems that entrusting everything to a corporate middleman can cause:

Centrally authenticated chats and voice calls are open to supervision and control.

Once again your COMMUNITY CUBE saves the day!

In our video conference model, we support two methods:  

a) With federated XMPP servers for authentication but perfect for discovering users outside the Community Cube network with security from the normal web.  

b) Unauthenticated and decentralized web browser video conferencing through anonymous links to create fast video conference rooms without third parties or middlemen involved.

Did you know that all your emails are being read?

And it’s not ONLY the government.

Your email provider is also reading and analyzing every email you send!

They log your location, the time and related Internet searches and are constantly building an ever-more accurate profile of who you are.

This must be stopped.

COMMUNITY CUBE solves this problem without causing you any inconvenience.

We encrypt emails transparently with the COMMUNITY CUBE web-mail front end.

You don’t even need to change your actual email address.

Our system uses a very simple but powerful integration with PGP which makes the content of your emails unreadable by your email provider or anyone else.

Also, the IP from which this email was sent is completely cloaked.

 There's an initial bounty plan at freedomsponsors

We don't develop the CPU (it’s made by Hardkernel) but if we were over-funded, we can get enough power to work with providers to arrange for improvements in the hardware. 

Every over-funded amount impacts the decreasing of production costs and increases the capacity of negotiating with providers and logistics.

Also, it improves the software’s integration levels making life even easier for our users.

After all, that’s what COMMUNITY CUBE is all about:

Security. Privacy. Ease of Use.

 Thank You For Your Support!


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For more information about how our privacy is being violated and what we can do about it, please watch the following videos:

Risks and challenges

We have great hopes for this project, because we strongly believe that we are offering society a means of protecting itself against powerful forces that have no qualms about exploiting our private information for their personal gain.

The opportunities we hope to take advantage of: 
Consumers are beginning to become conscious of the threats to their privacy.
Internet access is constantly growing as are our connection speeds.

What we consider our strengths: 
Low purchase price - for around $300 you can completely protect yourself.
No IT knowledge is necessary to install and use COMMUNITY CUBE.
There are no recurring costs associated with COMMUNITY CUBE.
Our platform is extremely versatile and can easily adapt to changes in the marketplace.
Open source software guarantees an ever evolving solution.

Threats we perceive in the marketplace: 
It isn't easy to get funding for a company that opposes the status quo.
We are seriously worried that government agencies may try to shut us down.
We do not yet have an established brand.

Political pressures that affect us: 
Increased government intervention, intrusion, espionage or control; 
Large multinational corporations have a vested interest in controlling your private information.
Governments all over the world are collaborating at the expense of personal liberty and freedom of speech.

Economical pressures that affect us all: 
Companies have realized the profit potential of exploiting private user information. Big data doesn't want to lose this potential.
Large corporations (like Google) are actively trying to monopolize everything that happens online.

Social pressures that result from a loss of privacy: 
Human rights violations 
Social media exposing huge amounts of private data. 
Wikileaks, Snowden, AIWEIWEI, Superfish, Stunex derivatives

Legal obstacles that threaten initiatives that defend privacy: 
In many countries, the law favors corporations over individual liberties.
International agreements to share users DB thus bypassing the strict European personal data protection laws.
Pre-democratic totalitarianism, roll back of human rights

Environmental consequences: 
Enormous data centers consume vast quantities of energy and can adversely affect the environment that surrounds them.

Technological: 
Low cost home production chain
3d production industrial accessibility 
Open source that is spy-proof and high quality

Competitors: 
No open source competitors

Substitute products: 
We have identified open-source affordable replacements for each component of the COMMUNITY CUBE. If something becomes unavailable we have sourced alternatives to keep the project going.

Suppliers: 
The market has a very high availability of suitable components.

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We would like to give special thanks to all the open source contributors that have allowed us to use their creations as a base for creating the COMMUNITY CUBE.

You guys are totally awesome!

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