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New 'Anti-Facebook' Project’s Source Code Goes Public

Diaspora , a distributed open source social network promises to put users in control

Social networking project, Diaspora that was started in April by four students from NYU’s Courant Institute with the goal to protect people’s privacy has now released its source code to developers. Inspired by a need to address the security concerns that many have had with respect to Facebook, the Diaspora software is touted as a potential safer Facebook alternative.

Unlike Facebook, it is based on a decentralized network that allows users to put up their personal information such as photos and updates on their own web server called “seed”. This then can be shared with chosen friends thereby giving them total control over the data. As of now Diaspora supports upload of photos & albums. All traffic except photos is currently signed and encrypted.

Work is underway to also provide users with the option to use a third party hosted service as opposed to their own seed. The project’s Alpha release expected in October will aim for Facebook Integration, Internationalization and Data Portability.

Diaspora is an open source project licensed under version 3 of the Affero General Public License. The source code can be downloaded from github. The developer blog warns that the release comes with bugs and security holes and that the users’ data is not yet fully exportable. But they do encourage interested parties to try to get it running on their machines.

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