Commit 8adf4fb8 authored by Laura Kalbag's avatar Laura Kalbag
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### Zero-knowledge
Zero-knowledge tools have no knowledge of your data. They may store your data, but the people who make or host the tools cannot access your data if they wanted to. Examples of zero-knowledge designs are end-to-end encrypted systems where only you hold the secret key, and peer-to-peer systems where the data never touches the devices of the app maker or service provider (including combinations of end-to-end encrypted and peer-to-peer systems).
Zero-knowledge tools have no knowledge of your data. They may store your data, but the people who make or host the tools cannot access your data if they wanted to.
Examples of zero-knowledge designs are end-to-end encrypted systems where only you hold the secret key, and peer-to-peer systems where the data never touches the devices of the app maker or service provider (including combinations of end-to-end encrypted and peer-to-peer systems).
__Related aspects:__ [private by default](#private-by-default), [peer-to-peer](#peer-to-peer)
### Peer-to-peer
Peer-to-peer systems enable people to connect directly with one and another without a person (or more likely a corporation or a government) in the middle. They are the opposite of client/server systems, which are centralised (the servers are the centres). Facebook, for example, will tell you that Facebook connects you to one another, when what Facebook is really doing is connecting all of us to Facebook, Inc. In effect, communication on Facebook is you telling Mark Zuckerberg what you want to tell your friends. Uncle Mark makes a note of that (and keeps that note forever and uses it to profile you). Then, if and when Uncle Mark feels like it, he picks some of your friends and relays your message to them. In contrast, a peer-to-peer social network enables you to talk directly to your friends, without Uncle Mark or anyone else in the middle.
Peer-to-peer systems enable people to connect directly with one and another without a person (or more likely a corporation or a government) in the middle. They are the opposite of client/server systems, which are centralised (the servers are the centres).
Facebook, for example, will tell you that Facebook connects you to one another, when what Facebook is really doing is connecting all of us to Facebook, Inc. In effect, communication on Facebook is you telling Mark Zuckerberg what you want to tell your friends. Uncle Mark makes a note of that (and keeps that note forever and uses it to profile you). Then, if and when Uncle Mark feels like it, he picks some of your friends and relays your message to them. In contrast, a peer-to-peer social network enables you to talk directly to your friends, without Uncle Mark or anyone else in the middle.
On peer to peer systems your data, and the algorithms used to analyze and make use of your data, stay on devices that you own and control. You do not have to beg some corporation not to abuse your data because they don’t have it to begin with.
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