PsychNology Journal, Volume 11, Number 1, 43 – 65

The Social Web beyond “Walled Gardens”: Interoperability, Federation and the Case of Lorea/n-1

Florencio Cabello
University of Malaga, Spain

Marta G. Franco
Diagonal, Spain

Alex Haché
Donestech Research, Spain


ABSTRACT

This paper starts from the warning given by Tim Berners-Lee about the present threats to the social web with a view to analyzing the main limitations of the Web 2.0 paradigm (fragmentation, centralization, control and risks to privacy). The authors continue on to describe several proposals (federation and interoperability, distribution and free management of identity and privacy) that tackle those threats. Finally, the paper offers a brief comparative map of decentralized social web efforts and focuses on the specific case of Lorea/N-1, a Spain-based federation of free social networks originated in 2009. Along with Lorea/N-1's pioneering nature and technical possibilities, the paper concludes by referring to its adoption by the M15 movement and by discussing its current limitations a well as its potential implications. To this end, our research combines bibliographic revision of recent works on the social web and fieldwork within Lorea/N-1 developing group.

KEYWORDS: social web, social networking sites, interoperability, federation, Lorea/N-1


CITE AS:
Cabello F., Franco M. G., Haché D. (2013). The Social Web beyond “Walled Gardens”: Interoperability, Federation and the Case of Lorea/n-1. PsychNology Journal, 11(1), 43 - 65. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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