Florian Cramer on Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:08:26 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Richard Stallman: Eradicate Facebook!

   On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 4:51 AM, carlo von lynX
   <lynX@time.to.get.psyced.org> wrote:

     I think we need distributed social networking, with nodes that act
     like a Facebook on your own device but only interact through a network
     of agnostic relays, Tor style, with zero external authorities. Not even
     "trusted" people running some pods or other overinformed server nodes.
     That's what I'm working on since 2010.

   Yet these alternative visions of social networking don't necessarily
   solve the issue of data mining, unless they're based on strong
   cryptography and cryptographic webs of trust that strictly limit the
   readability of content to one's selected peers.

   Many critics and activists glorify the pre-Facebook times of individual
   homepages and blogs. However, these systems can even be better
   data-mined by third parties than proprietary social networks,
   especially given today's refinement of web technology (with its refined
   social interaction designs, meta data architectures, geolocation APIs

   But even a mailing list like Nettime is fully open data for everyone,
   except for the list of subscribers.


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