Centralization broke community on the Internet. We're here to fix it.
Centralized social media is harmful to society. We are building a gatekeeper-free decentralized system. Our mission is “social media done right”, to put people in control of their own identity and build the technology that would enable a shift to collaborative and intentional security models prioritizing active consent. To accomplish this, we will build a new architecture for the internet: removing the necessity of client-server architecture, replacing it with a participatory peer-centric model.
This is the home of the Spritely Goblins Distributed Programming platform - the core of our vision of a completely decentralised social internet.
Spritely’s technology is being released as free and open source software aiming for multiple programming language implementations and eventual open standardization. All of our work, ranging from decentralized identity, peer-to-peer user agents, decentralized social networks, encrypted and portable storage, and distributed object programming infrastructure is being built to enable a gatekeeper-free path where users and content are not tied to a specific server.
Re-Architecting Communication on the Internet
Every community (context) needs its own rules of identity, language, and behavior - so universal moderation is not possible. Privacy & moderation issues have triggered the permanent shutdown of millions of networked communities and the destruction of their relationships and artifacts.
Networked communities deserve the right to organize, govern, protect, and enrich their members themselves. This focus is why we are a nonprofit, public-benefit 501(c)(3) corporation.
The cofounders of The Spritely Institute have been innovating on networked communities technologies and standards for decades, including the ActivityPub standard, social networks, smart contracts, object capabilities, and secure distributed virtual worlds.
We will lead creation of open standards and freely licensed open source reference implementations for safe, decentralized networked communities. A new social layer for the internet, with no gatekeepers - instead, people are in direct control of their identities and relationships.
Much of foundational technology is bench-tested and we’ve built basic versions of many of the key components. But, adding new infrastructure to the internet is a huge undertaking requiring substantial resources and developer effort.
We’re currently doing live presentations to raise contributions for our first year of effort, for possible technology partners, and to allies. Want to work together? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
✩ News! ✩
SNCI CTO interviewed @RadicalXChange podcastThu 21 July 2022
RadicalxChange(s) latest episode is an in-depth interview with our CTO, Christine Lemmer-Webber. There is a lot of conceptual territory covered in this discussion, with a focus on our work at Spritely Institute starting at 47:15.
The Spritely Institute publishes a Scheme PrimerWed 06 July 2022
We are pleased to announce that we have published a new Scheme Primer! (PDF) (source) We primarily wrote this for the benefit of people approaching Spritely's technology who were unfamiliar with Scheme, but since the lack of a good Scheme introductory document is a common complaint, we hope this is a useful contribution in general and a gift to the wider programming language community.
Heart of Spritely whitepaper early draft released!Fri 24 June 2022
We now have a rough draft of our whitepaper, The Heart of Spritely: Distributed Objects and Capability Security! (PDF) (ODT) (ORG)
Interview: Mark S. Miller on Distributed Objects, Part 1Wed 01 June 2022
Spritely Insitute CTO Christine Lemmer-Webber just released part one of a podcast interview with Mark S. Miller. talking about the history of secure capablility programming.
Spritely Institute 501(c)(3) approval!Sat 23 April 2022
The SPRITELY NETWORKED COMMUNITIES INSTITUTE recieved it's 501(c)(3) approval letter today. What does this mean? We are now a tax-exempt nonprofit in the United States!
Project Spritely continues as part of Spritely Insitute!Sat 01 January 2022
The Spritely Networked Communities Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation attempting to re-decentralize community on the internet.