The Truth about Signal

2년 전

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From my article "How to Avoid Funding the American Deep State":

'Since WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, and Skype is owned by Microsoft, I figured I'd simply refer to the Edward Snowden-endorsed, open-source, end-to-end-encryption-using messenger Signal, despite it requiring your phone number and access to your contacts. But then I learned, for example:

  • that Signal's developer, Open Whisper Systems, has received over $2 million from the U.S. government-funded Open Technology Fund

  • that Open Whisper Systems, collaborated with WhatsApp, Google, and Facebook to help integrate the Signal protocol into their messengers

  • that Signal (like many of the alternatives I refer to in this article) uses Amazon Web Services, as well as Google Play Services (if you have them installed)

  • and that Signal used the proprietary RedPhone server software until March 2017.

Fortunately, there's Tox. Like the Signal protocol, Tox is open-source and offers end-to-end encryption. Plus, unlike the Signal protocol, it's peer-to-peer (meaning it doesn't rely on central servers). The "official" Tox messengers also don't require your phone number or access to your contacts.

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Since currently none of these Tox messengers are available for all major operating systems, here's a video about the messenger Riot:

(Matrix, the protocol Riot is based on, is not peer-to-peer. And, for the first three years of its development [2014-2017], most of the core contributors worked for Amdocs, which was co-founded by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn.)

Two more open-source messengers worth mentioning are RetroShare and Kontalk. RetroShare is peer-to-peer and, like Kontalk, available for Android, Linux, MacOS, and Windows.'

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Interesting, but still you need your friends to also use it, right?

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I mean, I think if they're really your friends, and you tell them that you'll no longer use Discord, then they should have no problem with downloading one more messenger to talk to you (Riot can bridge to other messengers).

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True, it is interesting that it bridge other messengers, I only use facebook messenger, and not even that much... I might look into this in the future.

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