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+ - Social networking sites - would ad-hoc work? 1

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GillyGuthrie
GillyGuthrie writes "We all know what happened in Egypt recently. The government, in an attempt to suppress its majority, forcefully shut down their local internet communications. The Egyptian government did not use a magic "kill switch," but rather sent police to force Egyptian ISPs to pull their plugs, effectively stopping users of Twitter and Facebook from "calling home" and using their respective services.

I want an ad-hoc, social media solution that doesn't depend on any one company to provide stability and functionality. I want a peer-to-peer social media network. Seriously — why doesn't somebody develop a service that is independent of "mothership" servers to be relied upon as mission critical for the whole system? I hear plenty of complaints about current social networking sites, and I agree with them — screw the billionaire CEOs of these companies like Facebook and Twitter. We need an alternative. I don't care if I have to see advertisements, or donate a few bucks a month. I want a service that can protect me if my government decides to pull the plug (that is, send cops to shut down my local ISP) on my internet. I want a service that can provide adhoc functionality in case of a government power trip.

I want a social networking service that will be immune to pressure from my government. Is this feasible?"

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