DSNP Specification

Welcome to the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP) specification. Here you can find the detailed specification documentation for DSNP, official DSNP system specifications, and associated specifications.

Goals & Purpose

Free communication among users on the Internet faces a variety of problems in the modern day. These challenges include censorship by state and corporate actors, the amplification of misinformation through viral content, and an ever-shrinking collection of near monopolies with absolute power over social interaction in the twenty-first century. Through the DSNP, we hope to mitigate and ideally solve these challenges in the way social interaction operates online.

How to Read This Specification

There are three core specifications currently.

DSNP1.2.0The system-agnostic DSNP specification
Activity Content1.2.0A specification for DSNP-referenced content (subset of W3C Activity Streams)
DSNP Over Frequency-DSNP Over Frequency specification

Each specification is divided into several modules. Each module describes a mostly self-contained aspect of the specification.


DSNP specification versions follow Semantic Versioning 2.0 for releases.


Development occurs on GitHub. All interactions must follow the Code of Conduct and Contribution Guidelines.

Learning More

In addition to this document, more resources regarding the project can be found at DSNP.org, including the blog, forum, code repository, and SDK.