[Freedombox-discuss] Newebe, a distributed social network based on self-hosting

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 15:57:04 UTC 2012

On 18 January 2012 16:35, Frank <gelnior at free.fr> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am here to talk you about a project sharing the Freedombox goals while
> being compatible with it. Its name is Newebe. It is a distributed social
> network based on self hosting. As you understand, each Newebe user owns its
> instance of Newebe. The way it works is simple : an instance is located
> behind an URI which serves as the descriptor of a contact. Each Newebe node
> is connected directly to its contact via this URI : no third party is
> involved. About the code, Newebe is a free software based on other free
> softwares, so you know what it do. It has been tested on ARM Debian and
> works fine with it.
> Moreover, every data stored inside Newebe are accessible through a REST API.
> That means you can connect home made tools to your Newebe to reuse or
> analyze your personal data : by centralizing your data "at home", Newebe
> allows more than preserving privacy.
> About the project situation, actually the software works well but its
> security is far from be good. Once this problem will be solved we would be
> glad to be part of the freedombox software list.
> Website : https://github.com/newebe
> Code : https://github.com/gelnior/newebe
> Mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/newebe
> Thank you for your attention,

Looks like a cool project.  Identity as a URL is the the way to go I
think, facebook are slowly taking over the social web with this
strategy.  However there's a group of people that evangelize email
address is the only identity.  It sometimes turns into a bit of a
religious war :)

Freedombox will hopefully have a BIG advantage of people hosting their
own web server.

You may want to look at the foafpress project which is along the same lines?


I'm thinking about how to store social data in couchDB too and provide
a rest API, that seems like a cool idea.  I think json-ld is the way
to go.

How are you getting on with tornado and backbone?

> Frank
> PS : Any advice/remark/audit/contribution about Newebe is welcome :).
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