Talk: GNU/consensus/berlin-2013

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Klaus' Proposal (KS)

Reproduction of Klaus' original proposal for historical purpose. It's been integrated into the page.

1) End-to-end encryption

End-to-end encryption whenever I share information with friends - that will be realised by

2) Self determined storage

Self determined storage of my data in a platform independent way - that will be realised by (and it is already built into Diaspora as a possibility afaik).

3) A migration strategy

A migration strategy, which makes the transfer to socialnet_3.0 painless. This was the most difficult requirement to understand. But the solution is not complicated: Socialnet_3.0 will be a "social browser" that keeps my old contacts going in the world of faceboogle via plugins.

lynX's Annotations (XA)

Derived from ES with the following annotations:

4) Scalability

Multicast strategies. Learn from Bittorrent. Try Gnunet Mesh.

5) Integration of old friends on legacy networks

Not important. Legacy networks aren't at the same level of privacy and security, so they may result in security leaks and downgrade attack scenarios. Facebook never needed to be compatible to anyone else to become the leader, so do we not. People will simply start using our tools and discover they no longer need the other ones.

This implies that I also regard 3) A migration strategy from KS' proposal as actually not important to fulfil our goals, although it is feasible anyway.

8) Client choice

With all the loopholes in HTTP combined with JS and HTML, web-based is always dangerous for privacy. Browsers are particularely unreliable for encryption jobs. Still, a localhost-based web interface or smartphone-like app is viable as an alternative to a native user interface. Of course the foundation the browser or app runs on must be secure: if your device isn't running a free operating system, you can't be sure of anything.

You may want to question the terms "client" and "server" since such architectures are frequently part of the problem. Our aim is for self-sufficient nodes and if you really really need a "server" it must be free from administration requirements and capable of running in your home. Servers must not serve large numbers of users of dumb client apps, but only as routers for fully operational mobile nodes.

10) Protocol agnostic

For the purpose of tunneling, yes. For the purpose of interaction and exchange, no. All other communication technologies can't offer the same degree of privacy and it would be intransparent having to explain to your grandmother that some chatrooms, forums, fan pages or individuals are "not safe" to interact with.