About Diaspora Yatra

Diaspora Yatra is a campaign to promote diaspora* and privacy in digital communications in India.

We are a group of diaspora* users and privacy advocates in India, reaching out to schools, colleges and organizations and engaging with them on the need of protecting privacy in our digital communications.

We primarily hold debates, talks, and workshops to convey our ideas. If facilities like projector or whiteboard are available we will use them too but all we really need is a place to talk to people.

We are also looking for volunteers to promote the campaign - by putting posters, talking to friends, engaging with people on social media, creating posters, pamphlets, videos, or anything you can come up with.

  • Who keeps the data we share on services like Facebook and Whatsapp?
  • How can they provide a free service for everyone? Are they so charitable?
  • How do they pay for their servers, bandwidth, and employees?
  • Are ads in them similar to how newspapers and TV channels show advertisements?
  • Can we have a better deal?
  • What is diaspora*? How is it different?
  • How can we start using diaspora*?
  • How can we help diaspora*?

We own our social life

diaspora* is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software. Diaspora consists of a group of independently owned nodes (called pods) which interoperate to form the network. As of March 2014, there are more than 1 million Diaspora accounts

The social network is not owned by any one person or entity, keeping it from being subject to corporate take-overs or advertising.

diaspora* is the social network that we deserve, and the one we need right now.

Imagine a world where we have complete control over the photos we share, the messages we send, and the content we see on our social network. A distant Utopian dream? No, it is right here, right now. We just need to jump on to the bandwagon.

But like every fairytale story, there's a catch. The Diaspora software is not perfect. It lacks a lot of useful features. Some features are broken. Sometimes the servers are down. Sometimes it feels like we must just give up and go back to those social networks which exist to make money out of us. But together we can enjoy and build a better diaspora*, if not for us, for the future generations.

diaspora* keeps us in control of our social graph. How? By being free, open, and decentralized.

  • Free: Diaspora is a free software. Anyone can view, copy, modify, or share it as they wish.
  • Open: diaspora* does not judge us. Whoever we are, we can have our own social life. Nobody will censor us and nobody will bother us with content that we don't want to see.
  • Decentralized: diaspora* is not run by a single central authority. Instead, anyone can run the Diaspora software on their own server (called a diaspora pod) and these pods can communicate with each other, thus forming one single community that is spread across thousands of servers worldwide. This makes it resistant to take downs and also gives us better control over where our data is saved.

To begin using diaspora, one needs to join a diaspora pod, or create their own pod. A list of community pods can be seen here.

Remember that one won't be seeing any activity immediately after they join. This is normal. To start seeing content, one has to follow #tags or wait till their friends start sharing with them.

Also be warned that diaspora is going to diasppoint us in a lot of ways. But it's just a matter of time before it becomes a flagship of freedom like Firefox, Linux, or Wikipedia. If we can support diaspora* during this critical time, we will be able to reap its benefits the next time we want to share a private photo with our partner, upload a controversial status, create a parody page, or start a revolution.

The best thing we can do for ourselves and the world at large, is to stop using social networks that don't respect our privacy or freedom and switch to diaspora. When enough people switch, it'll be incentive for more people to switch.

Any help towards organizing Diaspora Yatra is greatly appreciated. Read the sections below to know how to contribute. If stuck, contact the diaspora yatra team directly.

You can also check out the activity at Diaspora Foundation whom we thank for their support of Diaspora Yatra.

Fund Raising Campaign

Please note that these donations go to the Diaspora Yatra team and NOT to the Diaspora foundation.

Bitcoin

You can send bitcoins to 1DocbXFp8Yp9HReK3A8QKwEjavDGjYapMA Please let us know if you send them

Cash

If you can join us at any of our events or know someone who will be coming, you could pay us by cash

NEFT/IMPS

If you are from India and you prefer to transfer directly to a bank account, you can use the following account details.

Name: PRAVEEN ARIMBRATHO DIYIL
A/C: 646101503208
Branch: Erandwana, Pune
Bank: ICICI
IFSC: ICIC0006461

Let's Work Together!

Events

A lot of schools, public places to be visted. Help us organize an event in your place.


Partners

International Centre for Free and Open Source Software
Swathanthra Malayalam Computing
Zyxware Technologies
Fisat Free Software Cell
Indian Pirates

Why Privacy Matters?

In the year 2015, everything that we do is done via a computer at some level - communication, travel booking, accomodation, billing, shopping. The world is increasingly becoming dependent on technology for critical tasks - weather prediction, defense, agriculture, education, commerce.

Computers have made us immensely powerful. But that also makes us greatly vulnerable. What if one day these computers are taken away from us? Or even worse, what if they are turned on against us?

The challenges we face in 21st century cannot be equated with the challenges in the past. In the past if someone had to spy on you, they would send an expert spy to keep track of your movements, following you wherever you go, keeping a watch on you outside your house. But today this spying is done on millions of people, with or without their knowledge, by small devices they keep in their own pockets - smartphones. These track your movement, conversations, actions, daily routine, people near you, people you meet regularly, anything it can lay its sensors on.

With massive centralized surveillance, it is a piece of cake to identify, locate, track, and predict your actions. Do you think all is fair and good if you have got nothing to hide, and if the government is trying to protect you. Honestly, which government in the world does not abuse its power? And even if the current governments are noble, what guarantee do you have that in the near future they will not turn evil and make life miserable for you? Would you let your own dad or mom watch you for an hour continuously, let alone all your life.

Our only safe bet is to ensure that we do not make such surveillance possible. And diaspora* is just a small part of that overarching aim.

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