Saturday, February 18, 2012

Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release

IDG News Service (02/15/12) John Ribeiro

A functional prototype of the Global Square, a social network collaboration platform for activists, will be available by March.  The Global Square will offer an interactive map that lists all ongoing assemblies worldwide, search options for finding squares, events, and working groups, an aggregated news feed, a public and private messaging system, and a forum for public debate and voting.  A year ago, some activists said there was a need for an online global square, and in November WikiLeaks said the global collaboration platform would be the online platform for its movement.  Volunteer programmers were called on to develop features for the open source and multilingual platform.  The Global Square will use Tribler peer-to-peer technology, which its backers say will make it virtually impossible to break or censor the network.  "The content files are not centralized in any physical server, so the network belongs to its users," says the Global Square.  The platform initially will be available as a standalone PC application, and a smartphone app will be introduced later in the year.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224268/Activist_backed_collaboration_platform_set_for_March_release?taxonomyId=18