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[liberationtech] a privacy preserving and resilient social network

Alireza Mahdian alireza.mahdian at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 00:37:15 PDT 2013


First of all anonymity is not a goal here. I have to be clear on that. A structure similar to I2P or Tor that uses overlay network would be very inefficient due to network delays). as for using a Jetty stack we chose Java as the language to implement this software in order to have a platform independent application in one code base and at it is also supported on Android as we are developing an smartphone app as well. Using Java has saved us a lot of time getting this app ready for different platforms. The jetty is a lightweight Java based web server that also installs on android so seemed like a good choice to use to serve the UIs and we chose to use web interface to implement the UIs as it feels more like common social networks like facebook and google+ also future UI enhancements are easier on a web app. as for the user, they are not even aware that a web server is being run on their computer as no installation or configuration has been done by the user. they only run the MyZone launcher and it opens up the browser loading their feed page. We have considered a lot of user feedbacks when we designed MyZone. this software has a somewhat complex design and there are so many small details involved as well so if you have any further questions regarding our design choices I would like to refer you to http://joinmyzone.com/Thesis.pdf

On Jun 28, 2013, at 1:17 AM, Ali-Reza Anghaie <ali at packetknife.com> wrote:

> *nod* Yeah, that's was the hint I got.. but the bits about relay
> servers, registration, etc. Lets set those aside.
> 
> How do you ~intend~ for this to behave in the wild? Every single
> client w/ a Jetty stack? And - given that footprint - why not start
> within a framework like I2P? (I'm not recommending anything, I'm
> trying to understand without going too far off-kilter.)
> 
> -Ali
> 
> 
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 3:09 AM, Alireza Mahdian
> <alireza.mahdian at gmail.com> wrote:
>> those are all to protect our organization (CU Boulder) from any liability.
>> also the contents that can be shared on this social network can be pretty
>> much anything and since we can't control or monitor any of the contents
>> being shared we had to have a strict terms of use agreement just to be clear
>> that if the terms of use agreement is violated we are not gonna be liable.
>> 
>> On Jun 28, 2013, at 1:06 AM, Ali-Reza Anghaie <ali at packetknife.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I had similar confusion when I first started poking around - couldn't
>> find a proper LICENSE file and then the ToUs including things that
>> read an awful lot like Facebook instead of a distrubuted
>> privacy-centric system.
>> 
>> Including:
>> 
>> ---
>> a. You will not provide any false personal information on MyZone, or
>> create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
>> 
>> b. You will not create more than one personal profile.
>> ---
>> 
>> My guess is this is because of the Uni affiliation right now..
>> 
>> Architecture right now I'm not going to comment on. Going to
>> reconsider past biases first.. -Ali
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 2:59 AM, Alireza Mahdian
>> <alireza.mahdian at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> this is to prevent modifications that would render it as a malware. I
>> haven't signed the code yet so I am just protecting myself from such
>> liabilities.
>> 
>> On Jun 28, 2013, at 12:51 AM, John Sullivan <johns at fsf.org> wrote:
>> 
>> I like the idea, so I was checking it out. I was confused by this
>> statement in the download terms:
>> 
>> Since MyZone Client Application is open source, you will not change any
>> part of MyZone’s code without the written approval of MyZone’s copyright
>> owner Alireza Mahdian reached at (alireza.mahdian at colorado dot edu).
>> 
>> 
>> Can you explain what you mean? Usually, something called "open source"
>> can be modified without any additional written approval.
>> 
>> -john
>> 
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Alireza Mahdian
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
Email: alireza.mahdian at gmail.com

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