Democratizing and Decentralizing Social Media Infrastructure

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.

Author: Eric McCorkle

Eric McCorkle is a computer scientist with a background in programming languages, concurrency, and systems.

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