Commit fdfa91bf authored by Laura Kalbag's avatar Laura Kalbag
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Clarify explanation about Facebook, and make it clear that uncle Mark isn't...

Clarify explanation about Facebook, and make it clear that uncle Mark isn't just a person's uncle called Mark.
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### 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). So while Facebook, for example, will tell you that they connect you to one another, what they’re really doing is connecting all of us to Facebook, Inc. In effect, the way you communicate on Facebook is you tell Mark 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 a peer-to-peer social network, by contrast, you 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 to not abuse your data because they don’t have it to begin with.
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