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[liberationtech] a privacy preserving and resilient social network

Randolph D. rdohm321 at
Sat Jun 29 09:17:35 PDT 2013

2013/6/28 Alireza Mahdian <alireza.mahdian at>:
> 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
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