I'm quite sick of centralized social networking services mining every detail of our personal lives and I have a strange feeling I'm in good company on these boards. Statists, when pondering this issue, tend to call for regulatory cartels to "protect our privacy," yet forget that this would be in utter opposition to the interests of the state. Short of adopting an "unplugged" lifestyle, I tend to believe the answer lies in decentralized social networks with locally-stored accounts rather than centralized clouds. My question, then, is when are we going to see such a service and how could it be best implemented?
I am far from learned on this subject but I have been waiting on Disapora to get a beta launch going and am starting to assume this will simply come too late to be relevant. Anonymous has supposedly claimed it is now working on an "Anon+" service running on a torrent-like anonymous model, but again I wonder how legitimate this will be at the end of the day and whether states will crack down on such a service following inevitable illegal activity on it.
Any thoughts on the future of decentralized networking?