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[liberationtech], Diaspora, and Friendica are more secure alternatives to Facebook.

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Tue Jun 18 07:35:54 PDT 2013

Friendica is definitely worth a try.  They've done some really
interesting work with privacy controls, access control lists for
communication using public key crypto, etc. Not to mention that it runs
on my Raspberry Pi, among other things.

The idea of small servers, distributed throughout the world sounds like
a good alternative to centralized, super-sized servers, which by design
require large (corporate) resources to run.

On 06/18/2013 04:35 AM, John Sullivan wrote:
> John Adams <jna at> writes:
>> <scarcasm>
>> I'm completely certain that these small, poorly funded projects have hired
>> massive security teams (as the major social networks do) and provide a safe
>> alternative to Facebook or Twitter.
>> </scarcasm>
> One compromise at Twitter gave attackers access to a slew of login
> details to try against other sites. The same thing (on a much smaller
> scale) could be true of, since it has many users, but the same
> would not be true of's (StatusNet / ideal world,
> where everyone has their own individual instance, each of which would
> have to be compromised separately in order to capture a useful list of
> credentials.
> Also, break-ins like this are only one aspect of security, and the
> article is primarily about how easy your data is to obtain via
> "legitimate" means, and who makes decisions related to that.
> There are plenty of other differences that land in favor of the free
> software decentralized services vision. Such as, actually deleting your
> data when you want it deleted. Or ease of moving your information from a
> platform found to be insecure to a better one.
> More could have been said in the article about the fundamental
> difference in vision and what it means for the future. A future where we
> don't have to rely on antagonistic corporations to build huge castles to
> guard our baby pictures with massive security teams seems worth
> contemplating. Encouraging people to try out that vision, and see how it
> changes their relationship to all this spying news, seems like a good
> thing to me. 
> As usual, it's not that simple for dissidents under active threat, but
> as a way to encourage broad social change, I think it has merit.
> -john
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