Crowfunded prize for first open jailbreak of Ios 7


Elizabeth Stark writes, "We're pleased to announce the Device Freedom Prize: a crowdfunded reward for the first developer(s) who release an open source iOS 7 jailbreak. Providing users the ability to control their devices is crucial in an age where we're increasingly dependent on our mobile phones. An open source jailbreak provides users the capability to install what they want on their own devices, the ability to audit the code they're using to do so, and enables disabled users to more easily use their devices."

"We've assembled a judging panel of awesome folks that care a lot about these issues, including Boing Boing's own Cory Doctorow; Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit; Biella Coleman, Professor and Author of Coding Freedom, and Chris Maury, Accessibility Advocate. Contribute to the prize to help make an open source iOS jailbreak a reality."

Is iOS7 jailbroken yet? (Thanks, Elizabeth!)

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  1. They are very smart birds.

  2. I'm all for Open Source in most areas and contribute code to several open source projects, but this seems like a really bad idea to me and has me questioning if this isn't being funded by apple themselves to squash future jailbreaks.

    I like the idea of a prize for the first freely available jailbreak, but making it open source is handing over a road map to the people in charge of stopping jail breaking of all the places they need to patch to prevent jailbreaking, hence shooting the jailbreak community in the foot. Granted apple has engineers that can reverse most jailbreak code enough to find these most of these things themselves, but with great effort and some delay. why make their job easier and undermine the jailbreaking community?

    I'm not sure the people behind this really thought it through. Maybe these people's hearts are in the right place, but their brains are not. meh...but what do i know?

  3. Rindan says:

    Eh, any jailbreak of iOS is temporary at best. If iOS was the only game in town, I might understand why people fight the fight, but it isn't. If you want an OS you can own, just grab a Nexus device and slap whatever operating system you want on top of it. I think it is far more productive to put your money where your mouth is and buy an open devices like a Nexus, then it is fight for the privilege of shelling out money to a corporation that is extremely hostile to giving up control.

  4. I used to jailbreak, ever since I bought the original iPhone, but I've found that with iOS7 I've no longer any need to do so. Still, I support jailbreaking as a matter of principle. However @redesigned is right: only a fool would open source the vulnerabilities that allows the jailbreak because that guarantees they will be fixed in the very next point version rather than having a longer life. The jailbreak community is notoriously hard on insiders who leak exploits for this very reason.

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