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Distributed social networking is a hard problem

Distributed social networking is a hard problem

Posted Oct 7, 2012 17:34 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Distributed social networking is a hard problem by Baylink
Parent article: Tent pitches a new social networking protocol

Yes, but this still requires me, Bob, to *tell* Alice

Yes, as you posted before, the copyright scheme isn't meant to address the problem of keeping the block confidential, and the NDA scheme is just a possibly effective alternative to what the copyright scheme does mean to address.

The sort of *problem* we're trying to fix here ... Apparently, this is Suspicious Behavior; my account was locked out the same minute. ...

So you're saying as long as one company owns social networking, that company can exclude someone arbitrarily and unfairly, but if it were an open, ungoverned social network, that could not happen, right? I suspect the ungoverned version would be worse. Facebook is trying (probably effectively) to solve a real societal problem with these imperfect detections of suspicious activity. I don't know what it is, but it's probably preventing some kind of theft or other thing I'm against.

So if we did have a viable open, distributed version of Facebook, I think people would insist on the same kind of protections.


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