froscon2009 - 1.0

Free and Open Source Software Conference

Henry Story
Day Day 2 (2009-08-23)
Room HS1/2
Start time 17:45
Duration 01:00
ID 491
Event type Lecture
Track Web
Language used for presentation English

The Social Web

How to free yourself of your social networks and create a global community

On current Social Networks (Facebook, Orkut, LinkedIn,...) every user has a limited view of the network available to him. The provider on the other hand has a complete view of the network. In the case of Facebook this can be huge: it has a view of the full 250 million members and their relationships. This is just one of the many problems with current social networks.

We can now do the same and cut out the middleman. The solution with foaf+ssl is secure, RESTfull, works in current browsers and can give the user 100% control over his/her data. It will also enable the growth of interlinked social networks to universities, companies, governments, enabling a whole new category of business models to emerge.

There are Open Source implementations in PHP, Python, Perl, Java....