Gaël Duval is a computer scientist and entrepreneur in the field of new technologies (software and networks). Over the years and throughout his projects, he has become a fervent defender of freedom of choice, offering alternatives to the main software platforms. Stuck choosing between Windows and Apple? In 1998, he created the Linux-Mandrake distributions which soon became the acclaimed Linux desktop system. In early 2007, he founded Ulteo, a company that releases free solutions for the virtual office market. In November 2017, he published a series of articles entitled, “Leaving Apple & Google: my /e/ odyssey,” in which he announced his new ambitious project: that of providing a bonafide smartphone alternative to Google and Apple that is more respectful of a user’s privacy — a digital emancipation of its own?