Diaspora Social Network Co-Founder Dies | Ilya Zhitomirskiy Dead

New York University programming student and Diaspora Co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy has passed away. According to the reports, Ilya Zhitomirskiy passed away over weekend. He was just 22 and cause and date of his death is publicly unknown yet.

Diaspora was involved in a glitzy fight with PayPal due to which the online payments monster hold back over US$45,000 in aid from the decentralized social start-up.

It is widely believed that the privacy-invasive environment created by Facebook has played a significant role in bringing such a high response to Diaspora project. Diaspora took the spat to PayPal, by disparaging the service’s actions before it unblocked the account without any further delay.

The last post of late Zhitomirskiy on Diaspora on November 7 became a tribute. Other members offered their condolence on his death. Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg , Raphael Sofaer and Ilya Zhitomirskiy were intended to build “an open-source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data.”

They decided to launch Diaspora project because they had been frustrated by Facebook’s privacy policy. At the beginning of the project, the project designers described the network as a place where the internet surfers will have full control over their privacy, identity, and data, and asked them on the Kickstarter website to give help in raising US$10,000. They instead raised US$200,000.

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