I think the biggest thing we do is provide a network that is super simple and cheap to build new facebooks/dropbox and pretty much any web service on. So if a diaspora came along again there would be no setup, or technical hurdles for users, instead a just use model. If even facebook went on SAFE and did this snooping in conjunction with others the picture is the same They could make their app communicate via ssh/ssl connections back to them outside the SAFE network.
Our response is to give every builder the ability to create a network / application that will scale at pretty much zero cost and actually improve with adoption. So the significant costs of deployment are gone or at least reduced to a minimal amount. Very importantly though this will all be secured and hidden from users, so they should see no difference and perhaps a positive difference.
My feeling is this new way of networking will allow worldwide innovations and competition to flourish. If open source versions are predominant then they should cross borders easily as governments and people will be able to audit what’s happening.
I am very hopeful that this will lower the innovation ceiling to allow everyone to create a facebook or reddit or dropbox et al and this is the best way to win.
Technically unless an app snooped on your machine then you never send IP:port info anyway on SAFE (past close connected endpoints) so there are definitely differences in how they can do all this today, if they are enough to overcome this level of spying then I think its down to us as a community to disclose abuses like this and dissuade those kinds of apps being used. It should be possible to actually and fully challenge this kind of behaviour and skirting privacy rights for profit. A bad app of any kind can do untold damage, so it’s a matter of letting people know. I think this is something the wider community will be active in anyway as they are today.
I also think a verified by XXX for privacy and security would be neat for users in our app store.