Social networking project Diaspora surfs the public mood for greater privacy control

School’s out for summer … and what better way to spend it than glued to a computer trying to beat Facebook at its own game. That is what four developers studying at New York University’s Courant Institute will be doing for the next three months. They raised USD 200,000 through public donations in support of their pledge to develop a “privacy-aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network” called Diaspora. But, rather than creating another centralised network, Diaspora will exist as a network of “seeds” – individual computers that host their owners’ personal information. It will pull together that information from the web – including tweets, photos and Facebook posts – though the idea is more than just a social media aggregator. “Decentralising lets us reconstruct our ‘social graphs’ so that they belong to us,” explain the team on their blog. “Our real social lives do not have central managers, and our virtual lives do not need them. Friend another seed and the two of you can synchronise over a direct and secure connection instead of through a superfluous hub … Eventually, today’s hubs could be almost entirely replaced by a decentralised network of truly personal websites.” Under this model, users would curate their own content and publish it when and where they want

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/jun/07/social-networking-facebook-diaspora-project

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