[FRIAM] Creating a Network Like Facebook, Only Private - NYTimes.com

Jochen Fromm jofr at cas-group.net
Wed Jul 13 17:09:42 EDT 2011

Yes, Diaspora is interesting, and there are many who are
very, very upset about Facebook. Maybe it is even better than
Facebook and Google+: everybody has his own node and
really owns his personal data, the different nodes are connected
in a P2P style. A diaspora server is named a "pod".. You can
host your own pod, or you can use a public one (like a WP
blog server). This would really solve the scalability and the
privacy problem, and the data would be stored where it belongs.
I wrote about it here:

Yet the dream for someone is the nightmare for someone else -
real privacy would be a nightmare for government agencies and
institutions, who would not be able to uncover criminal activities.
The data collected by Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other
Internet giants is easily accessible to them, because they are
American corporations subject to federal law.

The Diaspora approach is promising - and it is named like
the Greg Egan SF novel ;-). Unfortunately, I guess it has no chance
against the major Internet companies. Google will improve its
service, and Facebook will respond with a similar circle feature
soon. Google+ is an existential threat for them. Although there
are still privacy concerns, I think Google+ is the lesser evil.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Owen Densmore
To: Complexity Coffee Group
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:02 AM
Subject: Re: [FRIAM] Creating a Network Like Facebook,Only Private - 

Whoa!  Here's the rest of the Kickstart story: http://goo.gl/PGkM

They asked for 10K$.  How much did they come up with? $200K$!  Wow does the 
world hate FB's privacy policy!

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM, Owen Densmore <owen at backspaces.net> wrote:

With the "diaspora" from Facebook to G+, comes this interesting story:
.. basically a group of hackers built a great alternative from Kickstarter.

        -- Owen

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