This post is more of a release announcement for a whitepaper I’ve been working on for some time now. After a number of edits, I am prepared to release the full paper for public reading. I will be seeking to present this in the form of a talk at open-source, particularly socially-focused conferences.
The central thesis lies around an alternative infrastructure for (among other things) social applications that is fundamentally decentralized, democratic, and user-respecting. No, this is not a blockchain proposal! While I claim no credit for it, the timing really couldn’t have been better, with the news about FaceBook, Cambridge Analytica, and others breaking daily.
In the coming year, I will be seeking to implement the architecture I describe herein. I’ll be publicizing the paper, seeking non-profit funding and industry partners, and developing an open-source reference implementation.
But rather than keep talking, I’ll leave you to read the paper. Comments and other points of interest are welcome, and longer-form comments should be directed to me via email.