Introduction to SecureShare

A peer-to-peer, end-to-end encrypted social networking framework

Daniel Reusche

Why are we still using insecure channels of communication, like e-mail, Skype, IRC and Facebook?
Why do we entrust central authorities with our most private data and why do we rely on their infrastructure?

Because there isn't an easy to use alternative yet!

End-to-end encryption and decentralized social interaction is always a hassle.
Our goal is to give developers an easy to use framework that hides the
complexity of decentralized message passing, a distributed social graph
and naturally embedded encryption.

We hope to encourage the development of interfaces and platforms that are as user friendly as they can be.
In the end, a distributed social platform can only succeed if everyone uses it.

The network we are currently bootstrapping enjoys the speed of servers that help without knowing much about us, the trust of social relationships between users without becoming transparent, the privacy of elaborate obfuscation strategies without becoming unpractical.

This way, we can become independent of centralized infrastructure and rest assured that no one but the designated recepients can read our communications.

We employ GNUnet for peer-to-peer routing and encryption (the new openssl of P2P) and PSYC to create the social trust graph (because it performs a dozen times better than XMPP or OStatus).

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