The concept of ethical social network

Daniel Guagnin ztg.dgu at
Wed Sep 28 07:59:45 UTC 2011

Hi Judith,

over the German list came the information about a project which has
similar ideas. They want to form an international project.
Maybe you should have a look at

and get in contact with them.
Your ideas might be valuable for them.
And for sure they are interested in further discussion.

Best wishes,


Am 30.08.2011 22:33, schrieb judith at
> Hi all,
> Below the updated version.
> I. The ethical social network
> Ethical is not about price, neither about the only freedom of the source
> code. It is about the recognition and  the respect of user freedoms:
> - to recognize and respect the privacy of all communications exchanged by
> users,
> - to recognize and guarantee the same rights to every user,
> - to only distribute to users free software,
> - to allow full interoperability towards other social networks.
> II. How to respect those freedoms?
> First: the communication protocol
> The communication protocol must be open.
> Second: the software
> The software specific to the social network must be under a free licence
> as its  dependencies. The whole software distribution, including the
> server part,  must be available to users. The software must be secure. Any
> flaw should be fixed as soon as possible.
> Three: the respect of the user data privacy
> Each user should use his own servers.
> The communication protocol and software of the social network must let the
> user be able to decide freely, clearly and efficiently what to do with
> each of his data and his account: the user may decide for each
> communication who are the recipients, even possibly the general public.
> Users must be warned constantly that once they publish their data, those
> may be known to the general public, including current or future employers
> and the government.
> Concerning the data hosted on other servers than the user's own, the delay
> to delete a post or to close an account must be quick once the user
> requests it. The closure or the deletion must be definitive, no data must
> be available to the social network once it is done.
> Four: the social network services
> Every service available to users through the social network should not
> appropriate  users data or track them.
> Any suggestions?
> Judith Lukoki
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