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CFP Re: Google Drive

From: Thomas Lord
Subject: CFP Re: Google Drive
Date: Tue, 01 May 2012 18:13:18 -0700

Is there anyone convenient to the East Bay
of (SF Bay Area) who would like to work 
on this with me?

There's no need for a first "product" offering
to start with something as fancy and speculative
as SUNDR.   We can start with off-the-shelf parts,
conveniently configured, I think.  I think it's 
OK for users to trust their storage provider
so long as the provider respects the users' freedoms
well enough to merit that trust.

(Since this message suggests a new and separate
project, branching off from an Emacs issue, it 
is probably best for those inclined to reply to 
reply off-list.)


On Tue, 2012-05-01 at 10:48 -0700, chad wrote:
> On May 1, 2012, at 10:14 AM, Thomas Lord wrote:
> > Are there any free software packages that 
> > provide functionality like DropBox or GoogleDrive?
> > Are there any companies that sell the utility
> > service of hosting that software, with 
> > freedom-respecting terms of service and security
> > features such as optional encryption of stored
> > data?
> I know some people at MIT were working on such a thing, based on SUNDR (paper 
> attached), but I'm far enough out of touch that I couldn't tell you if it was 
> going to go anywhere. That group is pro-free-software, but when I last heard, 
> they were primarily concerned with the (frankly terrible) security 
> implications of DropBox, Box.net, MS SkyDrive, et al.
> *Chad

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