A Canvas for Thought

July 18, 2007

Facebook: the ultimate P2P darknet enabler?

Filed under: ideas,wild speculation — vednis @ 6:16 am

Could Facebook be used as the catalyst for a new generation of Peer-to-Peer darknet applications?

Briefly, a darknet is a private virtual network where users only connect to people they trust.  This is very similar to the networks that Facebook builds. Trust is the key.  You connect to close friends and relatives, giving them access to personal content not privy to your larger network as a whole.

Facebook could become an enabler for these networks, in that it provides a common point in the network through which you may connect with those trusted people.  Not directly, but via Facebook’s new applications interface, or via exisiting network tools that Facebook supports directly, such as MSN, Gmail, etc.

One such darknet application may be Peer-to-Peer shared backups.  Imagine making an agreement with your relatives, that you would each devote 2GB of hard-drive space to keeping the family photo pool backed up.  Some clever Open Source software could keep the photo pool maintained, distributed among all of your computers.  The sharing tool could use a Facebook application for peer discovery.

You could even route new content over existing tools.  I wonder, if you could install the iLike application, could you use it to publish new content for your friends, and hook an Open Source content sharing tool into the iLike interface to handle the transfer?  iLike publishes what’s new, Facebook publishes your content share points, and the Open Source tool handles the data.

Using Facebook to publish content discovery and sharing points opens the door to federated services, allowing you to get your network out of the hands of commercial parties.  If I could publish the address of a personal server on Facebook (a server that I own, running my own services), then I could start building networks and sharing with others outside of Facebook.  And I would once again have control of my identity within those networks – I won’t have to rely on the Facebook privacy controls, or anything like that.

Just some ideas.



  1. We have developed a p2p based digital publishing platform called the Nomad Storyteller Platform
    that enables the creation of peer based content with integrated unified communications and collaboration services.
    Nomad enables the creation of a wide range
    of vertical applications through its template based web services and easy to use multimedia editor. An e-portfolio application wherein
    each user maintains their own personal e-portfolio which can be seamlessly connected across social networks on a one-to-one,
    one-to-many or many-to-many basis creates all sorts of opportunities for new learning and knowledge driven applications.
    Our Facebook connector provides a solution for the ideas you have outlined, and endless other possibilities
    that can be leveraged through the integration of the peer production platform and social platform spaces.

    Comment by wilbert jackson — July 30, 2007 @ 7:16 am

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    Comment by Nate — December 5, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

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