The Private Social Network For The Extremely Rich and Powerful

moneykeyAn Esquire piece on $4 billion software company Tibco discusses its latest, perhaps most significant project:

TopCom is a private communications platform for the 200 most powerful people in the world. It is being officially launched in late January at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It is basically a customized, ridiculously secure version of tibbr, a platform developed as a kind of combination Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, texting, and Skype. It is a private social network, essentially — in this case, for world leaders.

Because the World Economic Forum has a hierarchy, so does TopCom: The top two hundred WEF members — basically, the people who run the world — can speak to one another on a given subject, and then they can choose to loop in members from lower tiers (experts, academics, etc.) as needed, widening the pool of knowledge on whatever problem is on the table.

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44 Responses to The Private Social Network For The Extremely Rich and Powerful

  1. Zenc March 3, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    I can’t wait for Anonymous or Antisec to crack this one. That’s going to be fun to watch.

    • DeepCough March 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Let’s start making bets on who the sexual deviants. It will be a great stimulus to the economy.

  2. Server March 3, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Bilderberg 2.0: The Social Network.  Though, to be fair, this seems to have roughly 75 more people allowed than Bilderberg’s ~125 person conferences…

  3. Life is humanism March 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Yes, this will be hacked and the spoils will be very interesting to see.

    The fact that “the public” even knows about this now means it’s already doomed.

  4. Anarchy Pony March 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Crack that fucker open like an internet egg, hacker people.

  5. MaxPower March 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Powerful? I think not. If we the people stop believing in your money, say goodbye to your power. I will never consider money power, that is for fools. Money has done nothing, we the people have. Take your carrot called money, and shove it up your ass. Money doesn’t think, we do, and eventually everyone will get it. You can put a primate in a suit, give him a nice car, house, etc, but what you still have is a primate in a suit. The forces of the universe are fucking powerful, not you useless enslaving primates who demand we worship your limited ideas. 

    • Anarchy Pony March 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Ah, but, because people believe in it, it translates into real power. Their (owners of capital, land, and means of production) money allows them to buy force from thugs and mercenaries or from the state, which translates into actual power. Because they have enforcers to protect their capital and private property, they control access to the means of survival and material necessities, which gives them power over all those with little or no property. 
      Average people have internalized this state of affairs as normalcy and the “natural” order. They have knee jerk conditioned responses against anything that argues against this order. Any attempt to challenge these conditions is written off as communism or socialism. And the Powers That Be are doing all they can to increase their power to extort from others, destroying unions and collective bargaining, dismantling tax structures enacted by democratic governments in order to curb undue power, backing fascist regimes and policies, and creating endless streams of propaganda to manufacture public consent. It’s like a nightmare you wake up to instead of from.

      • Chaorder Gradient March 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

        “It’s like a nightmare you wake up to instead of from.”

        No truer words have ever been said….

        • Anarchy Pony March 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

          I do my best. Usually. Well alright, just occasionally.

      • Guest March 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

        No, it does not translate into real power, only one massive illusion. Real power is not based on illusions, but TRUTH. Would you rather be trapped on a deserted island with a crate full of supplies, or one million dollars? They have “power”, because we gave ours away. In the end, they are not the problem, we are. Lets let the bully rule the school yard, it’s not like we can join together and kick his ass to the curb, oh wait, we can.

        • Hadrian999 March 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

          perception is reality

          • Don March 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

             100% correct

        • Sir Rodney March 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

          “You gave our power away and we are the problem”:
          I think you need to read a little history of capitalist accumulation.  Power was ripped from the poor through the barrel of a gun.  It was not give away. They were great struggles against the early capitalists and the struggle continues.

          Try Marx’s Capital for a start.

    • Hadrian999 March 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

       lol, the only problem is the people never rise, instead they fight over who is the best little doggy and stab each other in the back.

      • Andrew March 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

        That’s what we’ve been trained to do.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do March 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

          Will we bite the hand that feeds us?

      • rtb61 March 4, 2012 at 5:38 am #

         The last people they trust is each other. This network is almost to hilarious to be real. How gullible would you be to release all your, ‘my god they will shoot us all in the back of the head secrets’, on a single digital network.
        Psychopaths do seek each other out and do work together to  lie, cheat, steal and kill with regards to the rest of us but they consider us weak and easy prey, best of all they like to take each other out when of course it advantages them to do so, so definitely no honour amongst psychopaths.
        I fact amongst psychopathic rich and powerful this will likely put the bullseye right on Tibco as an out and out scam, to attack it’s competitors for power.

        • Hadrian999 March 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

           I would totally troll the prols

        • Sir Rodney March 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

          YES!

      • Sir Rodney March 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

        You are talking about internalized capitalist behavior and” being a good little doggy”  Have you hear of the Occupy movement or any of the struggles taking place throughout the world? 

        • Hadrian999 March 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

          if they follow through to achieve their goals i’ll be shocked. there were huge protests in the 60′s but they changed absolutely nothing in the long run. so far they aren’t willing to do any real damage

  6. Hadrian999 March 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Zynga has a new target

  7. 5by5 March 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    That’s right, the internet is about to get a velvet rope. Because it already has cocaine and disco.

    Can’t even bother to encounter the unwashed masses during your off hours surfing for dancing kitty videos? Well don’t get your Gieves & Hawkes suit in a bunch, you don’t need to! After a busy day of taking out dead peasants insurance on the peons who work as wage slaves for your pompous ass, enter your very own special online gated community.

    No doubt the folks at Goldman Sachs already have a spiffy “Mammon Worshippers Club” set up and ready to go.

    This notion of creating an “elitists space” on the interwebs is not new, regrettably. About three years ago I found one “invite-only” site called ASMALLWORLD that was similarly nauseating. 
    Forget the ridiculously easy jokes that one might make about its Chairman “Liotard” (no seriously, that’s the dude’s name) or the site’s Founder, Rothchild/Lehman Bros/Banking Douche/Obergruppenführer, Herr Erik Wachtmeister.

    The fact that these people are so ensconced in their bubble of privilege that they now feel the need to extend the bubble online (because apparently, “the internet is getting too democratic and free for all”), is hurl-worthy enough.

    The need for privacy in one’s communications is understandable, but privacy isn’t what this is really about. If these people were really concerned about privacy, they’d be advocating for standards like Internet Freedom/Net Neutrality, a more open ACTA treaty, the abolishment of the DMCA, and the reversal of the Patriot Act.

    This is about excluding others and cocooning oneself. It’s like the high school clique on steroids. One would expect better from grown-ups.

    What chaps one’s ass about this type of site is less what it says about the internet, than what it says about some of the very real problems facing society more broadly – namely, the growing gap between a privileged class of like, three people, and the rest of society. There has always been a gap to a certain degree, but what was a gap, is turning into a canyon, and in many ways is threatening our democracy at it’s foundation. And herein lies the problem.

    • Alex Varnau March 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      mmmmmmmWAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH mmmmmmWWAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH

      somebody call the waaaaaaaambulance

      • nobody important March 12, 2012 at 4:18 am #

        the truth is that democracy is heavily reliant on fascism, although no politician would ever admit it in today’s age… Teddy Roosevelt said “Democracy is an Iron Fist, in a Velvet Glove”

  8. Guest March 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Would the “people that run the world” really be interested in sharing all of their secret business and political deals on what has been repeatedly proven to be an unsecured medium? If you’ve got Anonymous out there hacking into government systems, what’s stopping them from hacking into this?

    I feel like they’d probably live by the mentality of, “if you don’t want people stealing your shit, don’t put up a giant sign saying where it is.”

  9. Okarin March 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    everyone has drunk pics, it’s the site it’s on that counts ;-)

  10. Don March 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    What they fail to see is if you put it on the net it will be hacked. I don’t care how much money you have there is someone with enough skill to undo your security. 

    • Hadrian999 March 5, 2012 at 1:01 am #

       it would be great fun to post Illuminati meeting dates to troll the hell out of alex jones types

  11. Leadmelogic March 6, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    (Sniff)  (Sniffing)  Does anyone else smell that???  Anon op anyone??? hahaha

  12. CMLane March 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Ohh come on, you sure you’re not just jealous to be excluded from such an elite group? My favourite part is where they can “choose to loop in academics”… “Shit, loop that guy out, he’s proving global warming is real!”

  13. Keeleyaurora March 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    If there’s one thing we need, it’s the 200 most powerful people in the world to be able to communicate easily and secretly.  NOT.

  14. TAnn March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I can’t wait until the hacktivists get into that one!  What a juicy bit of fun that will be. :)

  15. Lakota March 12, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Its like an online G20/ bilderberg. Great….

  16. Idiot asshole March 13, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Oh great? They get to send kiddie porn all over the world back and forth. 

  17. Badger March 13, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    If there was ever a target for an Anon hack…

  18. Jerry Alan Kimbro March 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Its good that world leaders want to talk to each other- its better than tossing bombs.

  19. Lassi Kinnunen March 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    sounds like a nice scam. “you’ve been chosen to join the top-elite-super-social network, kindly pay the 5000$ yearly fee and you’ll be able to send emails to 5 other people using the service, but you can be ultra-super-sure the plea videos you post will not be on cnn the next day – maybe.”.

    (it’s just a way to advertise tibbr, which nobody really gives a F about, even if they have a “you can only join if you have a job or a pseudo-job” angle – top200 is just an extension of that)

  20. ChinterWizzler March 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I like chin.

  21. Jaybee83 March 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Awesome! Now we know what to start hacking next

  22. sunni March 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Anonymous! Do you hear this?!! lol

  23. John G March 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Hackers are gonna get into this so fast unfortunately all they likely find is lolcal and and porn! lolll  

  24. Kyle Willey March 21, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    seems like now they can really get around The Logan Act here in the states…as if anyone followed rules anyway.

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