Newebe, a social network where every user is independant

Speaker(s) : Frank Rousseau

  • Language : Anglais
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Monday 8 July 2013
  • Schedule : 11h20
  • Duration : 20 minutes
  • Place : H 2215

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Fils rouges : Cloud
Public cible : Geeks


Major social networks bring severe issues about confidentiality, intellectual property and independence. There is no need to remind you all the scandals about that... Moreover even if you did not subscribed to one of them, they collect data about you. To solve these problems the federated social networks appeared. They are based on open source code and provide several entry points instead of one. Unfortunately, this solution is not complete: the user is still dependent of a third-party and self-hosting of an entry point is often complicated.

This is where Newebe comes. Newebe is like an extreme federated social network: each user hosts his account. This singularity makes it possible to come back to a clean situation. Each Newebe communicate directly with its contacts. The user can leave the network and coming back at any time without losing any data! And there is a little bonus: access to your Newebe is always fast, it doesn’t need to handle billions of connections!

By putting back the user to the middle of the social network, Newebe returns to the Peer-to-Peer principle and offers a social web that respects its users and free them from target ads. Through this talk, we’ll get further into the details of what is explained above. Then we’ll have a quick look at the technical aspects. And we’ll finish with a demonstration of the Newebe 0.7.0 release (new UI inside!).


Frank Rousseau is active in the FOSS community since numerous years. From 2006 to 2008 he animated Dolebraï one of the first webradio that broadcasted only open musics. After a long pause, he came back to the software development, in 2010, with Newebe, a distributed social network. A project that led him to a bigger one: in 2012, he co-founded Cozy Cloud, a company that distributes its main product, a private personal cloud, under a free license.