We accelerate the world's transition to an open, inclusive data economy that puts citizens in control.

Free our social networks, redirect the data economy.

For decades, private companies have controlled our social networks and related data in walled gardens. By enclosing the social graph and appropriating it as a corporate asset, companies have become de facto gatekeepers of our interactions, and they reap the vast rewards of our data.

By reclaiming our social networks from corporate control, we can use their immense power to establish and populate the web we need and deserve – a web that is open, inclusive and centered on people.

DSNP enables users to take back control of their relationships and data and direct their collective power to fuel higher and healthier standards.

This work isn’t about incremental change. It’s about creating an entirely new model.

About Technology

DSNP: The technology to reclaim the social graph.

The social graph should not be the property of companies — it should belong to everyone. It should be basic public infrastructure, like the core protocols that drive the web itself. Our open-source, unified social graph opens the path to reclaim our networks. It’s called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP), and it is designed to transform the social graph from corporate asset to community-governed public infrastructure.

This work opens a new frontier and represents a powerful foothold for innovation that can change the core dynamics of the web’s data economy.

How could we use our data if we truly owned it? What would it be worth? We’ve never had a chance to truly harness the value of our data for individual benefit. With the collective power of our shared social networks, our data can open entirely new social, intellectual, and commercial possibilities. DSNP lays this foundation for people to derive direct economic value from their data, a key step for equitable distribution of value throughout society.

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About DSNP

DSNP Advisors

DSNP is stewarded by Project Liberty and advised by a group of experts with deep history in the foundational work of Internet protocol and governance development. With experience in technological innovation and community-building, the DSNP advisors are committed to bringing DSNP to the next stage, both technically and in how it is developed and managed in the future.

David Clark

Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law

Alex "Sandy" Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT

Deb Roy

Deb Roy

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT // Director of the MIT Center for Constructive Communication // Founder and CEO of Cortico

Wendy Seltzer

Principal Identity Architect at Tucows

Sara Wedeman

Founder and owner of Behavioral Economics Consulting Group

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