Somewhat similar idea, different execution, and not quite there yet in terms of decentralization
However, I am willing to put up with this for a while until maybe I can create an alternative client or something. Private communication is pretty important to me :)
Apparently there's some separation of front-end and back-end, with the possibility of running alternative front-ends. See near the end of this blog post: https://retroshareteam.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/using-retros...
We're talking about saving the very foundations of democracy, these days (things like: free speech). So I guess our UI sorrows will have to wait a few days...
But just a little bit of patience: the more users join the platform, the sooner somebody graphically talented is going to step forward and make this excellent piece of tech shine on the surface as well...
What everybody can do is program any plugin they like, for this platform. So only the sky's the limit.
You don't want to coordinate over Skype or Facebook or Twitter.
Like the Occupy movement?
I guess you know the names by now: Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, Skype, etc....
2. Encrypted communication
3. Easier to set up than encrypted email: Install -> Exchange "certificates" -> Done.
BONUS: it's open-source!
(Which means everybody is free to inspect the source code, which means any potential backdoors can 1) be discovered 2) removed -> impossible with Windows and Mac operating systems/software)
But can we really trust companies that work with the NSA to sell us the version compiled _without_ the backdoors?
Plus, always keep in mind that these companies have lied to us about PRISM - with straight faces.
That being said, it is probably feasible to hide a backdoor even in open source software. But it is still easier in closed source software.