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We've been keeping one eye on aspirational social network Diaspora since its inception, and now that it's rolling out the invitations ahead of its forthcoming Beta, and having apparently addressed the security issues of the past, we took the Alpha for a spin.
link:http://www.gizmag.com/diaspora-google-plus-resemblance/20638/We've been keeping one eye on aspirational social network Diaspora since its... more
Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the co-founder of Facebook rival Diaspora, has died.
The 22-year-old was one of four New York-based students who launched Diaspora as a "privacy-aware, user-controlled" social network.
It was set up in response to criticism that Facebook was not handling the privacy of its users well.
The cause of Mr Zhitomirskiy's death is yet to be determined. The San Francisco coroner's office said it will have details in several weeks time.
In tribute, the home page of Diaspora featured a giant dandelion seed head next to an image of Mr Zhitomirskiy.
Public memorial services are being planned for Mr Zhitomirskiy in San Francisco later this week.
A statement by co-founder Peter Shurman said: "We'll all miss Ilya more than we can say. Ilya was a great friend and a brilliant person, a visionary whose work for a better future online brought hope to many people."
The site was launched a year ago by Mr Zhitomirskiy and three fellow students at New York University. Facebook's co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, said he donated an undisclosed sum to the project.
Diaspora featured pages that were similar to those on Facebook but offered simpler privacy settings. However, its launch was not without criticism.
When it released its first code in September, developers found multiple security bugs. Some also questioned whether the team could deliver their vision.
It is one of several sites - including Appleseed, OneSocialWeb and Elgg - that aims to challenge Facebook's model.Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the co-founder of Facebook rival Diaspora, has died.
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Candid interviews on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first in the web-documentary series 'Negro' exploring race, and race-relations among people of the African Diaspora (people of African descent and lineage) in Latin America.Candid interviews on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first in the... more
Developers have been given their first glimpse of a community-funded and open alternative to Facebook.
Diaspora describes itself as a "privacy-aware, personally-controlled" social network.
It was conceived earlier this year by four US students during a period when Facebook came under fire for its privacy settings.
The open-source project has now released its first code to developers and also published screenshots.
"This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control," the team said in a blog.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11326157Developers have been given their first glimpse of a community-funded and open... more
As Facebook completes its Galactic Senate-to-Imperial Empire transformation, four enterprising NYU students thought the world could do with a social networking service that wouldn't treat your personal information like advertiser catnip. So they started building Diaspora.
They conceive of it as the "privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network," one on which people share strictly on their own terms. Every user will have their own encrypted, customizable "node" on the Diaspora network, and personal data will reside on that user's computer, as opposed to a centralized hub.
The team members, who are profiled[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/nyregion/12about.html?partner=rss&emc=rss] in today's New York Times*, posted a description of their idea on Kickstarter[http://www.kickstarter.com/], a website that connects internet donors with underfunded projects, and they quickly met their goal of raising $10,000. As of now, the number's closer to $24,000 $50,000.
The demand is clearly there; now what about the service? The team already has a skeletal version of the site running on their own machines, and now that school's wrapping up they're starting their "first sprint"—three months of intense coding with the aim of launching a working version of Diaspora by September, complete with:
* Full-fledged communications between Seeds (Diaspora instances)
* Complete PGP encryption
* External Service Scraping of most major services (reclaim your data)
* Version 1 of Diaspora's API with documentation
* Public GitHub repository of all Diaspora code
Of course, building a social network from the ground up is a tremendous task, and one that's much easier said than done. But Facebook's first lines of code were written in a dorm room, and it makes perfect sense that Diaspora—a project that looks to get back to social media's roots—would see its start there, too. Find out more about the project at JoinDiaspora[http://joindiaspora.com/].As Facebook completes its Galactic Senate-to-Imperial Empire transformation, four... more
Years of conflict in Somalia have left large parts of the country in the hands of warlords while its capital, Mogadishu, is contested by Ethiopian-backed government forces and armed insurgents.
The city has been abandoned by at least half of its residents. The BBC's World Affairs Correspondent, Mark Doyle, sent this report from a war zone few Western journalists dare to visit.
The bombed-out buildings are shocking enough.
There are street after ruined street of them in the centre of Mogadishu.
Some have been reduced by shellfire to rubble. Others retain a building-like shape - the rough skeletons of once-ornate Italian colonial apartment blocks or shopping arcades.
But the really eerie side to many parts of Mogadishu is the lack of people.
The last 18 months of fighting have seen the population plummet in a way that even the infamous Black Hawk Down year - 1993 - did not achieve.
According to the United Nations, at least half of Mogadishu's population - perhaps 500,000 people - have fled.
Years of conflict in Somalia have left large parts of the country in the hands of... more
The Iranian Diaspora Population map shows that approximately 2.5 million live in the US alone, 700,000 in Canada, 300,000 in the UK, and 2 million in India. If a war breakouts between the US and Iran then what transpired with the internment of Japanese Americans and Canadians during World War II would become a distant memory and a travesty that will be repeated. Unfortunately it appears that the United States is prepared for this scenario, since it has already built 800 FEMA prison camps which are fully operational and ready to receive prisoners.The Iranian Diaspora Population map shows that approximately 2.5 million live in the... more
VC2 Producer Grace Jackson takes an inside look at Pakistan's recent mass imigration to Barcelona, Spain...focusing on the communities, connections and underground work opportunities for recent immigrants to Spain.VC2 Producer Grace Jackson takes an inside look at Pakistan's recent mass... more
By next year, more than half the world's population will for the first time in history be living in cities. Current's Mariana van Zeller tours Lagos, Nigeria, the world's fastest-growing "Megacity."By next year, more than half the world's population will for the first time in... more