Monday, November 14, 2011

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Social networking pioneer who took on Facebook found dead at age of 22 - 14th Nov 2011

A 22-year-old social networking pioneer and Internet privacy advocate who dared to challenge Facebook and Google has died.

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the founders Diaspora*, a new social networking site meant to give users more control of their information online, passed away suddenly on Saturday but the details of his death have not been released.

Mr Zhitomirskiy believed he could change the world by using software code that was open to everyone and making programs that protected users' privacy.

He and three friends, Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, and Raphael Sofaer, launched a trial run of Diaspora* last year that attracted the attention of The New York Times and National Public Radio and left the tech world buzzing.

They were all students at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Mr Zhitomirskiy described himself on his Twitter account as a ‘free culture and open web enthusiast. Now one of the four Diaspora* bros.’ Read More