I started developing a random idea over the holidays but never finished it. I’m releasing its description here with the hope that someone will steal and then implement it :)

a hybrid social media platform using rss feeds, twitter style messaging and public, private, and group key pair cryptography. it also solves the paradox of eventual decryption through the use of one time pads and very precise randomization.

secre.ts enables the user to share cryptographically protected messaging to allow use over untrusted publicly accessible networks like the Internet.

As a messaging solution secre.ts produces the greatest assets of email like services with the most secure traits of a virtual private network connection. vpn solutions are fragile connections and cumbersome on both bandwidth and the processor. secre.ts hybrid approach consumes processor but the messages are broadcast in public so connectivity is hugely increased and bandwidth isn’t impacted because the messages are received in cleartext.

Musings on Cara Duckworth’s Post

Some opinions about the Tenenbaum case, for those interested:

OPINION: The RIAA stands for Recording Industry Association of America

OPINION: The RIAA has filed many cases against file sharers as civil actions and not criminal

OPINION: In the US, civil actions do not guarantee the defendant representation by an attorney

OPINION: The RIAA has compared copyright infringement to stealing many times in the press

OPINION: Copyright infringement and shoplifting are two distinct and separate crimes

OPINION: 30 average songs could be contained in 2 CD’s

OPINION: The average cost of 2 CD’s in a store is < $100

OPINION: In Massachusetts the fine for shoplifting under $100 is a fine up to $250 the first time

OPINION: There is a huge discrepancy between the punishment for shoplifting and infringing an equal amount of music

Project EquillibRIAA

For the last few years I’ve talked quietly of a project to connect artists with the victims of lawsuits in the name of their bands. After the verdict handed down by the latest case of Sony vs. Tenenbaum I think it is time to put this plan to action. I’ve emailed Joel and received a list of the bands he was sued for and what I’d like to do is draw national attention to the public interfaces these bands have set up for

I’ve created a public document which contains a list of the bands and any Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, or other public forums the bands have set up for themselves. I could use help tracking down some of the missing links in this list. In some cases the bands no longer exist but members of the original band still live on in other bands or on their own.

To be clear the purpose of this project is not to harass these musicians. It is to remove the wedge of the RIAA from artists and their fans and ask them to communicate. The one question I’d like to see the artists answer is “Do you support the actions the RIAA has taken on behalf of your band in destroying the life of Joel Tenenbaum?”

Joel is being fined $22,500 for each of the 30 songs that he downloaded
from KaZaa. His total fine is $675,000 for an activity that a majority of the Internet users in this country have and still participate in. This isn’t to say that we should advocate copyright infringement but that we shouldn’t agree with the penalties associated with infringement.

This project is still being assembled and I would appreciate any feedback and help the FC community can muster. I’d like to coordinate a massive feedback storm requesting comment via Twitter, Myspace, etc so these artists can’t escape without saying something. Anything. What we need is dialog from musicians about what is happening to their fans.

The working spreadsheet of bands and their online identities is here:…

If you would like access to edit the spreadsheet please email me ( and I will add you to the access list.