Friendster has 115 million registered users (i.e., its peak theoretical user base). MySpace has something like 125 million registered users.
So instead of Facebook being able to analyze our habits from their logs...our ISP will be able to analyze our habits from their logs. How is this an improvement?
How is keeping your photos on Flickr and your videos on YouTube better from a privacy point of view than keeping your photos and videos on Facebook?
If you intend the data to be public, there's no problem with stashing it on someone else's server.
Let's assume Moore's Law and economies of scale bring the unit cost down to $50. That's $5 billion in hardware and $1 billion per year in electricity.
1) Run it as a process on your Cellphone (which is low power)
2) Run on a virtual server in the cloud
3) Run it on a plug
4) Keep your portable profile on a central service, like facebook (but with the ability to move your data)
Do you think it costs on the order of $1 billion per year to run Facebook, not counting software development or system administration? Or that Facebook runs on $5 billion worth of hardware?
would argue that a personal p2p social networking server (virtual or otherwise) run by the average Facebook user is actually less private than Facebook because the personal server is more likely to be vulnerable to security holes than Facebook
Given the frequency with which your data would be accessed (i.e. many, many times per day), that would seem to be a good way to run your cellphone's battery into the ground. Also, it would be pretty inconvenient for your friends not to be able to see your information whenever your phone was off or in a dead zone.
Let's imagine I want to send a message to my friends. Under Moglen's plan I'd encrypt the message under a scheme that only my friends could decrypt. How is this better than posting a similarly encrypt message to Facebook (maybe a super-future-Facebook that made this easy to do)?
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