By Francesca James

Diaspora, the open-source alternative to Facebook that was announced in the wake of Facebook's privacy mess early this summer, has confirmed it will launch on 15 September.

Dispora have said

'We already have a rudimentary prototype running on our machines, and are working like mad to make it all we can be. Our current implementations include GPG encryption, scraping Twitter and Flickr, awesome design aesthetics, and the initial stages of connection infrastructure (“friending” other Diaspora instances).'

'We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing. That means an intuitive way for users to decide, and not notice deciding, what content goes to their coworkers and what goes to their drinking buddies.'

Dispora is the result of the work of four NYU students who made plans to create a new social-networking site as an open-source alternative to Facebook back in April.