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Decentralize the web with Diaspora - New Social Media Application That You Control

• Maxwell Salzberg
Enter your Diaspora “seed,” a personal web server that stores all of your information and shares it with your friends. Diaspora knows how to securely share (using GPG) your pictures, videos, and more. When you have a Diaspora seed of your own, you own your social graph, you have access to your information however you want, whenever you want, and you have full control of your online identity. Once we have built a solid foundation, we will make Diaspora easy to extend to facilitate any type of communication, and the possibilities will be endless.

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Comment by Nick Barnett
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One more thing, this Diaspora app is still going to live in layers 3 & 4 of the OSI model. I'd love to see a project start at layer 1.

Comment by Nick Barnett
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Good questions. I have done some thinking about this :)

For starters, if it ever happens and they cut the cable, us old BBS folks will be communicating within days. With modern Yaggi antennas and direction mast mount antennas, we could quickly get neighborhoods and even cities online. The problem will be linking cities together... for instance, Phoenix to Tucson. I was talking to one of my shortwave buddies (I haven't started messing with shortwave yet, but its getting close) and he is also a network engineer. He's fairly certain that we could get at least modem speeds over shortwave with massive amounts of error correction going on.

Necessity is the mother of invention. When the cord goes away, things will suck, but we will be back online... and hopefully without a middle man.

 As far as this Diaspora, I see this as something to replace Facebook. I hope it takes off. Did you watch their little video? If not, they talk about how as humans we communicate face to face... but online, we have to go through a middle man. time to get RID of the middle man :)

Comment by Found Zero
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LoTek, can you provide any answer to the problem of when "they" cut the cable?

What I see will happen is we have to somehow think of an "alternet" on the physical and topographical level, independent of current infrastrcure. That's the way I see it.

So LoTek, what's the current way of thinking? Will we be depandant on shortwave/analogue? And what technologies do we have at our disposal that are truly fault-tolerant?

Comment by Nick Barnett
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Free market backlash towards the Big Brother / anti-privacy social media networks. I love it!

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