Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th May 2010 22:17 UTC, submitted by cmoraes
Internet & Networking "A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street, decided to build a social network that wouldn't force people to surrender their privacy to a big business. It would take three or four months to write the code, and they would need a few thousand dollars each to live on. They gave themselves 39 days to raise $10,000, using an online site, Kickstarter, that helps creative people find support." They call the project Diaspora and have managed to raise $100K in just 20 days.
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I'll Bite
by Nathan O. on Fri 14th May 2010 19:55 UTC
Nathan O.
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2005-08-11

Man, a lot of people here are being curtly dismissive of this project.

Bottom line, this project is for people who...

1) Use social networks (if you don't, you probably lack the perspective necessary to make a valid, half-sentence criticism of this project).
2) Have concerns over the management of those networks.
and 3) Would appreciate the ability to manage it themselves; to make choices that favor the user.

Yeah, I get it, OSNews, that's just how we roll here. This project isn't about making "the Internets" secure; it's about shifting the controlling power back to the consumer. They should cancel the project because it can't do the impossible, then they should give their $100k in funding (which they got for being non-magical) to... oh, me.

I'll use the funding to implement magic. Promise.

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