[hackerspaces] Social Swarm

hellekin hellekin at hackerspaces.org
Sun Jan 22 17:44:01 CET 2012

On 01/22/2012 05:25 AM, Al Jigong Billings wrote:
> How does social swarm do more than what Diaspora is doing? Why not contribute there?
*** Well, the social swarm initiative is a step up in the abstraction
layer: Diaspora* is one of 21 projects being identified "trying to solve
these issues", in the "server-based (decentralized, federated)"
approach. There are 10 more in the "P2P/F2F-based (fully distributed)"
category. [1]

As you can see the scope is a bit wider than just Diaspora*. The idea is
to invite free software developers as well as non-developers to reflect
on a set of requirements to re-appropriate the meaning of social
networks--I go along with Howard Rheingold [2] to define them as "the
sum of human relationships", and devise communication strategies to
steer the people away from corporate surveillance--here, Eben Moglen
comes to mind.

The usability page [4] mentions: We can learn from Diaspora and
Facebook. Does it mean we have to be browser-based? Maybe. Maybe not. It
only matters if the software manages to fulfill our requirements and be
so terribly easy to use that your mother has not to worry where to click

A similar, but more appropriate question would be: how is social swarm
different from the Free Network Foundation [5] initiative? That is one I
posted to our list, and I invite gmc to have a look: maybe there are
reasons for joining forces there.

On the non-technical side of the argument, we find similarities with
Unlike-us [6] and ContactCon [7], the former being more oriented towards
media and culture theory, the latter more linked to the US startup



[1] http://wiki.socialswarm.net/Software
[2] https://plus.google.com/116069455891181229072/posts/SBATa3rQKjW
[4] http://wiki.socialswarm.net/Usability
[5] http://freenetworkfoundation.org/
[6] http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/
[7] http://contactcon.com/

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