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... the world's biggest social network "has called an all hands meeting tomorrow afternoon, at 4PM Pacific, to discuss the company's overall privacy strategy according to sources inside the company".
Facebook's crisis meeting shows that Mr Shrage's explanation to the Times and its readers clearly didn't cut it.
The Diaspora* group was inspired to begin their project after hearing a talk by Eben Moglen, a law professor at Columbia University, who described the centralized social networks as “spying for free,” Mr. Salzberg said.
One of the big motivations of this project, and the founders (I am not one) and I both attended the same talk by Eben Moglen earlier this year, is that you put the data in a place that you control, preferably in your home - where Fourth Amendment protections provide a higher level of data security against subpoenas or secret searches than would be available if your data was stored on a third party or hosted environment such as Facebook or Google. These protections are very important when considered against past cases where corporations have subpoenaed these companies to unmask anonymous critics, or if (I can't think of specific cases,) law enforcement was fishing for information to contrive a case against someone who may otherwise be considered innocent.
The issue is much deeper than Facebook's abuses of its customers (users,) but rather the reclamation of our activities into environments where legal protection for the individual are stronger.