February 26, 2016

Some ideas: (part two)

A social media buffer:

A quick post.

Social network are eager of our data and metadata, but often we release the seconds unconsciously or unwillingly. When we use  Facebook for instance, on top of the content we are actually sharing, we give away our position, our IP address, and most importantly, our habits. While giving our data is a choice, often giving our metadata it might not. To that extent, I though I could design a software to prevent the collection of our metadata.

The software will thus act as a buffered proxy, collecting from one side the action from the user, and deferring the effective execution to a successive moment in the future. It will also collect the data that we would see in a common navigation, in order to show it to the user upon request. Installed on a VPS (or used through a VPN), can hide your IP and thus your location and movements/travel to the website, and with a simple filter, you can remove all EXIF data of your pictures.

Every time you would like to post something, you would post it before in this buffer, and the buffer would post on your behalf, after a random intervals of time (which could also be set to zero). In this way, all of your interaction are mediated by a third party, without disclosing any information that you don't want to disclose.

I realize there are many "usability" issues for the average user, but there are times where I would have used this software in my life.