If you're reading Policy Beta, the odds are good that you know about Diaspora. Started in response to growing concerns about privacy on today's dominant social networks, the Diaspora project collected an unprecedented $200,000 of support from concerned Internet users. So after all the media attention and donations, is Diaspora worth it? Read on, dear reader - be aware that this is a pre-alpha version of Diaspora, however, so things are still rather rough.
Back to the Future
Diaspora has some simple, but very clever ideas about how to reconcile online anonymity with social networks. With the advent of modern social networks, online handles, such as "hoochiemama1944" or "j3ffkisH4X0r," began to dissipate in favor of real names. How are people supposed to find you online, after all? Then, of course, the privacy issues began to spring up. Sharing information is what social networks are all about, but choosing who sees what information has been a tough issue to settle.
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