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[liberationtech] a privacy preserving and resilient social network

David Golumbia dgolumbia at
Sat Jun 29 08:09:44 PDT 2013

put more simply: the notion of a "privacy-preserving social network" is an
inherent contradiction in terms.

On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Stephen Michael Kellat <smkellat at
> wrote:

> On Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:21:37 -0600
> Alireza Mahdian <alireza.mahdian at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > With all the recent news on NSA spying on social network users the
> concern over the user privacy has increased even more. I am not arguing
> whether it is ethical or not and whether it is needed for the safety of
> citizens and how effective it would be. even before this, social network
> providers like Facebook and Google were violating user privacy in so many
> ways and only a small fraction of it was revealed.
> >
> > A need for a more secure and private social network has always been
> there and was never adequately addressed. I have been working on this issue
> for a long time and I have been able to design and implement a social
> network that is inherently user privacy preserving. it uses military grade
> encryption and no authority can have any control over it. one design goal
> behind it was actually to make it resilient towards government imposed
> censorship and filtering. This is specially useful as it provides a very
> effective tool for democracy movement advocacy groups. I have implemented a
> prototype and you can check it out at . It is a
> complex piece of software but to summarize how it works you can think of it
> as implementing a social network over bittorrent. it supports all the
> common features of Facebook and Google+. Feel free to send me your
> feedbacks. thanks.
> >
> > Ali
> >
> > --
> > Alireza Mahdian
> > Department of Computer Science
> > University of Colorado at Boulder
> > Email: alireza.mahdian at
> >
> Hello Ali!
> A couple quick questions after reading through most of the thread:
> 1.  Where can a copy of your dissertation be procured?  Is it available in
> an appropriate Open Access repository or would other steps need to be taken
> to secure a copy?
> 2.  As designer of a social network, what is your view of the Internet as
> a transport layer today?  How will it fare against various degrees of
> social and political instability found currently across this planet?
> 3.  Distilling it down to perhaps a couple sentences that do not repeat
> the thread subject line, how would you pitch usage of this social network
> to an average US consumer in contrast to mass market tools like Facebook or
> Twitter?
> Stephen Michael Kellat
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David Golumbia
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