It’s time for social media interoperability

Social media is too important to be owned by a few private companies — or governments

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How NOT to fix it

The Right to Speech vs Right to Reach

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Wait, don’t we have social media interoperability already?

Not this kind of interoperability

Reframing the problem

How can we allow multiple parties to archive social media posts while guaranteeing its authenticity?

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Cryptographically verified messages: the new RSS

  1. Beyond the usual metadata associated with it, it would also come with two extra fields: a cryptographic signature of these posts and the public keys that signed it
  2. Publishers would also make available the history of all public keys associated with every account and periodically rss it as new ones were added and old ones revoked
  3. These messages would not be only hosted on a single file on the publisher’s site but also posted to an open distributed network in which anyone could set up new listeners or publishers

Is that this blockchain stuff again?

How would that fix things?

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Beyond Social media

Wouldn’t that make banning hate groups impossible?

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Communities that last centuries

We can build digital communities so they outlast their builders. So we must.

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