The Free Mirror Project

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About The Free Mirror Project

The Free Mirror Project is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) registered in Canada, which operates without borders.

Our goal is the advancement of human rights, freedoms, and education. We do this by providing infrastructure that enables the free exchange of information and ideas.

The Free Mirror Project is both free as in freedom, and free as in free beer.

The Project is always "building out" and evolving. As resouces become available, expansion occurs.

Our Current Operations

Free and Open Source Software Mirrors

The Free Mirror Project is happy to mirror over two dozen open source projects.

Browse the Mirror.

Tor Guard Relay

The Free Mirror project runs a Tor guard entry relay, tor.freemirror.org which relays roughly 1 terabyte each day, as of 2019-01-17.

Anti-Censorship Efforts

Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient.

The Project hosts a number of items which have been censored for various reasons. The Project has no opinion on the validity of the information, nor has the content been fact-checked. These items are simply mirrored out of principle of free speech and freedom of expression.

If you know of material which needs mirroring, please contact us.

Looking Into the Future

Provide Additonal Mirrors

Provide a Tor Exit Relay

Tor exit relays are especially important components of the tor network. The project endeavours to provide a secure, safe, trustworthy exit node. This is important, as "Tor has enabled roughly 36 million people around the world to experience freedom of access and expression on the Internet while keeping them in control of their privacy and anonymity." (Free Software Foundation). Simply put, Tor protect lives and enables courageous change in oppressive regimes. Responsibly and ethically managed Tor exit nodes are critical to the tor network.

Geo-diversify Mirror Offerings

Duplicate current mirror offerings in locations which are underserved.

Free Linux Shells

The project endeavours to provide no-cost linux shells to youth and students, in the aim of fostering in youth interest in technology, community involvement, and coding skills. In theory, it would be best as a service offered to elementary and secondary schools.

Primary Hosting of FOSS Projects

Currently, many free and open source (FOSS) projects rely on commercial hosting. Providing a no-cost alternative, free from commercial influence, would be beneficial to these projects and the open source community.

Air-Gapped Repositories

Think "Svalbard Global Seed Vault" except for software and free information.

2020-02-19: We're exploring optimal methods for air-gapping Wikipedia.

Past Projects

Wikipedia Mirror

2020-02-19: Due to lack of utilisation, we've ceased mirroring Wikipedia. For example, last month we received 852 Wikipedia requests, totalling 197GB uploaded. To maintain the mirror we must transfer 9TB per month, meaning it's only 2% utilised. This is largely due to a lack of load-balancing of the mirrors, at the Wikimedia level--out of our control. Archival will continue, but live mirroring will not. The mirror was live for ~14 months. RIP. Requests have been automatically redirected to the next geographically-closest mirror at Your.org, Chicago, Illinois, USA: https://dumps.wikimedia.your.org/

It may surprise you, but Wikipedia is mirrored in only five places in the world. This is largely due to the huge amount of resources required to do so.

Wikipedia represents the pinnacle of human knowledge. The importance of preserving and sharing that knowledge cannot be overstated. The Free Mirror Project is proud to be among these world-class organisations in providing a Wikipedia mirror:

Wikipedia needs more mirrors still. (update: perhaps only if load balancing is implemented) In the future, we hope to be able to provide additonal locations.

The Free Mirror Project Wikipedia dump mirror is located at http://dumps.wikimedia.freemirror.org/

Project Gutenberg

The Free Mirror Project provided a mirror for Project Gutenberg, a free online library, for 1 year. Usage analysis showed that there was nearly zero demand for the repository. We've since ceased mirroring Project Gutenberg, but are exploring offline air-gapped archives. Requests have been automatically redirected to the next closest mirror, at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: http://mirror.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/gutenberg/