I want to get feedback on the "managed trust" concept we've been talking about.
I've been assuming that:
* post-snowden people are more concerned about data privacy.
* people are also concerned about large providers with access to all the personal data they host.
* A partial but workable solution to this problem is for "managed trust" groups to host their own data
* "managed" trust groups are groups with collective identities where people have close working relationships (like Enspiral).
* If you're hosting your own data, you might as well share that data between different apps (starting with login, profile, and group data etc) and also avoid tiresome admin work like maintaining manually sync'd data across several apps.
Groups like this would be our main target market and form the nodes in the Open-App network.
Offline and her comments in the comms doc, Alanna made a really good point that "maximised trust" groups have lots of efficiency gain. Enspiral managed to avoid a lot of bureaucracy by...trusting each other.
This sets the Open-App apart from other decentralised web projects that assume "zero trust" and need lots of strong cryptography and anonymity and other technical hurdles to make them work.
What do people think about this?