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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Wow. They wanted to raise $10,000 in 40 days or so. As of this post, people have put in $135,760 and it still has 18 days to go. They had better be able to put something good together for 1350% more than what they were shooting for.

Edited 2010-05-14 15:28 UTC

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I raised your score one point. This fact alone shows that people are feeling increasingly uneasy with the privacy policies of Facebook and other social networks to the point that they're willing to donate money to a bunch of unknowns that came out of nowhere with an idea.

Someone pointed out in another article that something like Opera Unite could work on this scenario sans the constant security vulnerabilities on their implementation. However, one still needs to have his/her computer turned on all the time to make it work and hence it might not be such a good idea as far as the availability of the data is concerned.

That's why I think that eventually this solution will end up on end users routers and similar networking gear where having the appliance turned on and connected to the net all the time - something with really low power consumption (think ARM) - would not hit the monthly bills too hard and in fact be quite desirable. Imagine a turn-key solution where you buy the appliance on major retailers, take it home, turn it on, answer a few questions to set it up and then start adding family accounts. It would be a hit!

Of course, the decentralized nature of the entire thing would leave open the possibilities of a bad connection and some such spoiling the party but being decentralized never stopped popular P2P protocols like Gnutella and BitTorrent and I imagine that it would be serviceable here as well.

The centralized networks will always have its appeal to those that cannot afford something like I suggested above - because their bandwidth is capped, etc. - or that simply do not care at all about their privacy (most teenagers nowadays are COMPLETELY IDIOTS!) but if something like that gains some momentum, it would provide a feasible way out for the rest of us with privacy concerns.

Edited 2010-05-14 16:08 UTC

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