File sharing: it’s not just a way to get free stuff anymore. In Sweden, it’s now an officially recognized religion. Philosophy student Isak Gerson has tried and failed several times to get his Missionary Church of Kopimism recognized as a religion, authorities have relented. Kopimism holds as its central principal, that copying data is a sacred act.
The latest crop of Facebook rivals is not driven by monetary ambitions but more altruistic causes. These efforts at snubbing the world's most popular social network site are being spearheaded by those aggrieved or even outraged by Facebook's actions.
A group of four students from NYU’s Courant Institute are in for a busy summer, with their concept of a “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network” having received $200,000 from nearly 6500 backers on fundraising site Kickstarter.com. Their still-to-be-coded network is called Diaspora.
More about Diaspora and another rival's jihad against "blasphemous" Facebook after the jump.