So Kim Dotcom is going to setup Megaupload again – with a twist. Mega will only host client-side-encrypted files, and make the user responsible for sharing the encryption keys through some other mechanism. Like a p2p network, email, hosting them on their own site, or a third-party service. Either way, they're looking towards an ecosystem of services – and that is an important step forward in dealing with data protection not just for the service provider, but also the end user.
So far, systems like Diaspora have not succeeded in light of the convenience of consolidated platforms like Google. So, the big question remains: How will the necessity of an ecosystem affect user uptake of Megaupload, v2?
Megaupload Is Dead. Long Live Mega! | Threat Level | Wired.com
Megaupload’s takedown by the U.S. government spurs Kim DotCom to build a filesharing replacement that relies on encryption so owners can’t be blamed for knowing that copyright infringing files are on …