Dowse - privacy HUB for the IoT

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Dowse is a smart HUB for your home network, based on free and open source software.

Dowse makes your network visible to you and opaque to the outside world. With the growing amount of 'Internet of Things' (IoT) products we have no idea what service they connect or who connects to them. The risk of unconscious abuse and exploitation of information is growing tremendously. As 'things' initiate connections on the behalf of users, we are making a major leap towards a world that provides us with contexts that we may not want at all. Therefore being aware of events taking place on the local network is very important.

Dowse is a tool anyone can install and use. By replacing the outdated proprietary ISP ‘gateway’ with an open and user-visible device, Dowse creates a new platform that leverages its topologically unique access and influence in the domain of the local-area network. It introduces a visible, malleable, knowable communications hub to the language of the small network.

Dowse makes you aware of what happens on your network. If you want you can build a simple interface to reflect events from cyberspace to your space, and make it as complex and creative as you like using standard protocols like MQTT, Websockets and OSC.

Dowse becomes the locus of a specific new class of applications which are able to perceive and affect all devices in the local sphere, whether they are open or closed. The software explorations that can appear in this domain, enabled by the Dowse platform, can bring individual awareness, preference, and empowered influence to the network/IoT as its own organ.

Dowse is free and open source software, no strings attached, meaning you can build your own boxes and extensions, re-sell and make your own business counting on your own skills and those of colleagues. We are not doing this to own all your network, to the contrary we want to empower everyone to have a choice and spread the ability to do so.  

Better be aware :^)

Dowse is an free and open source software project by the Dyne.org non-profit foundation, developed as a community effort involving some of the best hackers, designers and artists worldwide. The development of Dowse started in 2013 with a whitepaper written by Jaromil in cooperation with the Waag Society. It has been supported by SIDNfonds.nl and NLNET.nl and is now ready to deliver its first products.


Order Dowse now in the "Rewards" section!

This crowdfunding campaign will let you buy a device, run it in your shared space, be it at home, office or in a public medialab, while supporting further development.



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      • Download SD card installer

        Signed release of a stable build of Dowse, easy to download and flash on SD cards, complete with a PDF manual and further access to updated builds.
        Will be made available for various embedded platforms: RaspberryPI3, Cubieboards, BlackBone, BananaPi etc.

        12.00
      • Dowse t-shirt + SD

        Get a well designed t-shirt to tell the world to be aware about what happens on the local area network: sense the invisible, dowse for networks. Includes access to download ready-to-flash SD card installer.

        22.00
      • Dowse hoodie + SD

        Get a well designed long-sleeve fleece hoodie to tell the world to be aware about what happens on the local area network: sense the invisible, dowse for networks. Includes access to download ready-to-flash SD card installer.

        32.00
      • Dowse box early bird

        The very first Dowse box ever produced: an easy to install yet powerful device, ready to be connected to your Internet gateway with an Ethernet cable. Includes a printed manual and further access to updated builds for download.

        69.00
      • Dowse box

        The Dowse box ready to be connected to your Internet gateway with an Ethernet cable. Includes a printed manual and further access to updated builds for download.

        89.00
      • 2x Dowse boxes + t-shirts

        Get two Dowse boxes at discount, delivered at your door, ready for use at home and office, or for a present to you and your friends, including 2 t-shirts.

        198.00
      • Dowse workshop with the makers

        Join us at Dyne.org HQ in Amsterdam for a two days workshop where you will learn how to use Dowse and find out about the network objects around you.
        Includes lunch, a Dowse box and a t-shirt.
        Does not includes travel and stay.

        335.00
      • 3x Dowse boxes + workshop

        Join us for the workshop at Dyne.org HQ and receive 6 dowse boxes for you and your friends and colleagues, coming back home fully equipped to empower people around you with Dowse, or just make them a present.

        595.00
      • 10x Dowse boxes + t-shirts

        Get a whopping 10 Dowse boxes ready for deployment in all those places around the world you believe they are in dire need for one, or simply to make a collective order for your local hackerspace.

        840.00
       

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