Thinking about developing an opensource P2P social network

It has been a while since I made a blog post. I have been occupied by my academic work and I found using my past time on non-blogging related activities more rewarding. However, since it is summer break now, and I have mostly run out of things to do, I decided to get back to being creative and work on some project. Recently, I have been floating an idea about creating a social network that practically eliminates the requirement to have servers and databses. From a high-level, the idea is that users can host their profile on their phones and their connections can query data about the profile, send messages, form groups, and make wall post which can be viewed by anyone who is connected to the profile. I have seen a research paper summarising quite a few projects that has attempted to create something similar. However, I observed that these would at least have a server for authenticate a user; to tell confirm if the user is who he says he is. I believe this can be eliminated by allowing u

First stop - Zurich!

I started my journey last night at around 11 PM IST from India and reached Zurich at around 2 PM CET today. The journey in itself was a bit hectic as I have been carrying four different bags that weight abotu 43 kilograms in total. However, I find Doha and Zurich airports to be nice. Furthermore, I like the concept of the 24 hour pass that one could use to travel anywhere withtin the city via any mode of public transportation - trains, busses, boats!

Tonight, I am staying at Aswin's place tonight. Aswin was my Junior at IIT Patna and he is doing his master's at ETH now. I shall be going to Lugano tomorrow as I wouldn't be able to collect the keys to my apartment if I reach in the night.

I have also contact Anupam, my batchmate from IIT Patna, who is working at Google Zurich office. We may go out a bit to explore the city.


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