Four college students are creating a social network that differentiates on privacy, and the funds rolling in to back the project suggest a strong demand for such an offering, The New York Times reports. The creators of Diaspora* plan to freely distribute the software and will open the code so other programmers can build upon it, the report states. "In our real lives, we talk to each other," says co-creator Raphael Sofaer, describing why centralized social networks are unnecessary. "We don't need to hand our messages to a hub." The creators say the value of existing social networks "is negligible in the scale of what they are doing, and what we are giving up is all of our privacy."
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