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Diaspora: Building the new Anti-Facebook

Why can't privacy and connectedness go hand-in-hand? That's the question being raised by those behind the new Diaspora project, an ambitious undertaking to build an "anti-Facebook" - that is, a private, open source social network that puts you back in control of your personal data.

Envisioned by four NYU computer science students, the Diaspora project would replace today's centralized social web (yes, they mean you, Facebook) with a decentralized one, while still offering something that's convenient and easy for anyone to use.

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We also need an anti-Internet

so they can't even sniff the traffic. With the new IP6 protocol that is now gaining more and more use, there is enough address space to provide IP addresses to every gizmo you have in your house. Now instead of having a central authority assign the numbers, you base them on Earth coordinates, hence no need for the authority. Kind of like a private Internet with a common contract very much like open source. You hook to me and I'll hook to you. Connect to all or some of your direct neighbors or skip one for that matter. A gigabit router and 4 fiber cables long enough to connect with typical suburban house spacing could be made in mass for under $200. Using the highway analogy, you'd have essentially a free 40 lane Expressway leaving your house in all directions. If every neighborhood was connected, the capacity East to West or North to South would be incredible.

Great idea about the open source Facebook competitor. I'm still amazed at all the cooperation in the open source software movement.

If anything, we're getting to

If anything, we're getting to the point where wired internet is becoming obsolete. It can't secure our liberty if we have to buy in to someone else's tightly controlled infrastructure and live by that son of a bitch's rules. It's high time we put together a completely wireless and open internet.

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.

Zuckerberg would boycott it.

If you do that too quickly, neocon Zuckerberg will boycott it and try to paint the whole thing as a bunch of crazed outcasts.

He will follow the open-source internet with his NSA buddies and try to somehow flood it with porn. That's how these stasis work- they infiltrate & disrupt.

The only way to ensure the internet remains free of their cronyism, is to make a double-band hardline firewall. Block all access except for the open source connections, sort of like a giant information superhighway. One that is free of interference.

Once they can't get inside they'll run far away and use the media to smear people, General Electric-MSNBC.

Count me in

Can't stand FB. Had fun with it for awhile until I fully realized who was running the company and just how unethical they are. Look into this for your own good, see how FB has some very direct ties with the elite who run CNN. It's very disturbing when you discover who these guys and what country they really support (hint: not America).

It's all out there for you to find.

We sure...need one.

If it isn't infiltrated by neocons I'm in, everyone would sign up. The NSA couldn't get in if we built a firewall.

The whole entire Liberty movement really needs one for sure.....because the racists are very passionate about turning off the Internet.

They attack all the sites, especially wikileaks.

I'd leave Facebook in an instant...

I hope this is legit, and the NSA doesn't plan a hostile takeover...

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I'm anxiously waiting

I've been trying to get rid of my facebook for a long while but have not found a viable alternative to it. I've been tracking Diaspora* for awhile now, it looks promising!!

I think Diaspora* will take off. I know I will be inviting all my facebook friends and then deleting my facebook account.

There goal was to raise $10,000 by June 1st, with 17 days to go

they’ve already raised over $150,000 in pledges! Pretty good work, for four college students.

The Winds of Change!

Bump...

It sounds interesting, but I admit I am too sleepy at the moment to seriously investigate. It looks promising, though, and Facebook surely needs the competition.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. ("I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude"). Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 30 January 1787.

So........

They are just raising money, I thought this thing was up and running? Or maybe I am an idiot and could not figure out the site?

They are raising money

until they get out this summer,They have it all set up to publish and fire up in September.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Ingenious name for it

It looks very promising,I cant wait for them to sell shares.They remind me of Paul,Ringo,George and John of the computer world.
This looks like a album cover shot(those are algorithms on the Board).
http://www.joindiaspora.com/people.html

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

it's a great idea, and since

it's a great idea, and since you're in total control of your information, nobody can censor what you have.

it almost sounds like an https server with a dynamic IP updater and instant messaging integrated in. not very difficult to code imo.

hard to see how one can make money off it, but then again, who the hell wants to have his personal page plastered with advertisements anyway... unless they're YOUR ads, of course.

at some point i believe even domain names may become obsolete!

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.

Sounds like noserub.

Sounds like noserub. http://noserub.com/

Fraud!

They are obviously double-agents working for FaceBook because they are positioned in front of a chalkboard. Any real computer science student wouldn't be near one.

that's my thoughts.

LOL/

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Hope it takes off.

:)

bump

Thank you Sunny.

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Great find

Thank you sunny!

He's the man.

Always a pleasure

Michael.

Always!

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You Sunny Wafflehutguy and a few others blessed me today with so many Big smiles!!!

Thank you!!!

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LL

It made my day to see you with wafflehut guy today on the DP!

He's the man.

It's been discussed a few times on /.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/05/13/2246235/Facebook-Call...

This comment is interesting:

http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1651650&cid=32204396

There was another story on /. about facebook privacy that had a long discussion on Diaspora, and I found myself in agreement with those who felt that there is little difference between Diaspora and the world wide web as a whole, being that each user has to basically have his or her own web page, or some centralized server somewhere to connect individuals' phones, laptops, work computers, desktops, iPads, etc.

What makes facebook so popular is that anyone and everyone can use it. Just like iTunes vs. bit-torrent. Sure, the kids use bit-torrent, but most over age 40 are using iTunes or some similar service.

The real key is someone willing to make a true privacy contract, one in which both sides have equal say in the contents of the document, meaning that privacy cannot be changed without consent of the user and the user may not be locked out of the website to be extorted into making the new agreement.

My first name is Paul too! ;)


The real key is someone willing to make a true privacy contract, one in which both sides have equal say in the contents of the document, meaning that privacy cannot be changed without consent of the user and the user may not be locked out of the website to be extorted into making the new agreement.

Some time ago I way toying with the idea of building a strong-crypto social network site, one where nothing unencrypted is stored on servers (or transmitted via the "wires"); PGP (say) decryption is done client-side, with javascript in your browser (so that no additional clients to view your info need to be downloaded), with sufficient protections to make sure that said JS has not been tampered with en-route (say, when you subscribe to the service, you get a hash of the relevant portion of javascript and have independent means of verifying that it is still current, say a static JS file on your computer which fetches and checks what your server gives you)...

You sound like someone who would be interested in exploring ideas like this, feel free to get in touch!

Paul B.