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RetroShare-Decentralized Social network using OpenPGP and OpenSSL


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After watching the last few episodes of Hak5 and seeing the interest in decentralized forms of communication and privacy. I wanted to share this little piece if brilliant software with the community called RetroShare.

RetroShare is a Open Source cross-platform, Friend-2-Friend and secure decentralized communication platform.
It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more with family and friends, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and OpenSSL to encrypt all communication.

more info can be found here:


I first heard about the project a few months ago via a discussion on the PirateBox forums about adding it to the box.

​I have not had the opportunity to play around with it alot due to not knowing anyone else who uses it but it seems to pretty well rounded, user friendly and a decent UI.

I am a huge fan of decentralization and have been every since i seen first hand the power of a decentralized network / communication has where after the internet and other forms of communication where shut down by the Eqyption government, the people of Egypt used 2 peices of software called Winlink and RMS Express combined with ham radios to send emails back and forth to one another to organized protest and other "events". This method of communication proved to be a value and hugely successful tool to aid in the over turn of what the people of Egypt considered a corrupt regime.

I truly believe their should be 2 different forms of internet for the people to have access to. (Yes i know technically their is more than 2, just go along with it for now)

1 consisting of the internet we know, love and use today. Even with its flaws it still play huge role in the Economy, job creation, information sharing and so on. Point is it does and always will have its own place and role to play in today's world and the future.

The 2nd is a decentralized internet which is open source, constructed by volunteers and basically ran by and for the people. This would take a huge effort and the cooperation from the masses to make it effective and bring it to life but it is possible.

For those of you who are like me and are interested in more decentralizing projects here are a few of my favorites:

- CJDNS / Project Meshnet https://projectmeshnet.org/

- ArkOS -decentralized, easy to use webserver on raspberry pi. https://arkos.io/

- Piratebox project if you don't know what that is already. http://www.piratebox.cc/ and http://forum.piratebox.cc/index.php

- MaidSafe platform maidsafe.net

And for all that is sacred feel free to share your own with me and others and don't forget to spread the word.

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