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Enter the Matrix · Brendan Abolivier
Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite decentralised free software projects right now: Matrix. Let’s get things straight first, I’m talking about neither the science-fiction franchise, nor the nightclub in Berlin. Matrix is a protocol for decentralised, federated and secure communications, created and maintained by New Vector, a company split between London, UK and Rennes, France (which I joined for an internship in London during the last summer). It’s based on RESTful HTTP/JSON APIs, documented in open specifications, and is designed to be usable for anything that requires real-time-ish communications, from instant messaging to IoT. Some people are also experimenting with using Matrix for blogs, RSS reader, and other stuff that’s quite far from what you’d expect to see with such a project. Despite that, however, it’s currently mainly used for instant messaging, especially through the Riot client (which is also developed by New Vector).
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12 days ago by rdark
mindedsecurity/shhlack: Slack message encryptor/decryptor for desktop app and browser
E2E for Slack, so your boss or Slack can't decrypt private messages. Also makes e-discovery more of a pain too...
e2e  encryption  security  Slack  instant  message  IM  chat  privacy 
18 days ago by asteroza
Benedict Evans on Twitter: "Straight line.… "
Straight line. (Whatsapp messaging growth - 65bn messages a day)
im  stats 
19 days ago by dancall
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits Facebook due to privacy intrusions | TechCrunch
But the perceived invasion of WhatsApp user privacy drove a wedge between Koum and the parent company well before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. A source confirms that Koum had been considering leaving for a year. Acton left Facebook in November, and has publicly supported the #DeleteFacebook movement since.
im  facebook  privacy  fail 
26 days ago by dancall
Home | Matrix.org
An open network for secure, decentralized communication.
communication  chat  opensource  network  encryption  security  messaging  server  p2p  im 
29 days ago by Tknvbe
Open, Closed, and Privacy – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Specifically, if an emphasis on privacy and the non-leakage of data is a priority, it follows that the platforms that already exist will be increasingly entrenched. And, if those platforms will be increasingly entrenched, then the more valuable might regulation be that ensures an equal playing field on top of those platforms. The reality is that an emphasis on privacy will only increase the walls on those gardens; it may be fruitful to rule out the possibility of unfair expansion.
google  facebook  privacy  im  gdpr 
4 weeks ago by dancall
WhatsApp ups minimum user age in Europe ahead of GDPR | Mobile Marketer
Messaging platform WhatsApp is raising the minimum age for accounts in the European Union from 13 to 16 as parent company Facebook changes its policies to comply with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that take effect on May 25, according to the company's website.
WhatsApp will ask users to confirm they are 16 or older when the app sends out new terms of service and a privacy policy in "the next few weeks." A parent or guardian will have to agree to the terms for users who are younger than the age limit.
Meanwhile, Facebook won't have the same minimum age policy, as it plans to ask people ages 13-15 to nominate a parent or guardian who can grant permission for them to share information on the social network. Underage users won't be given access to a "fully personalized" version of the social platform, per Reuters.
im  privacy  legal  gdpr  facebook  kids 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Riot – Riot – open team collaboration
A fork is now the official E2E IM client of the french government, but not for those pesky peasant citizens...
e2e  IM  instant  message  chat  france  matrix  riot  communication  encryption  messaging  opensource 
4 weeks ago by asteroza
Matrix and Riot confirmed as the basis for France’s Secure Instant Messenger app | Matrix.org
Interesting. Apparently french politicians liked Telegram, but russian based was starting to become an issue, so french government decides it needs its own messenger (but not citizens?). Hopefully this means cleaning up the end-to-end encryption more and making the UI easier/safer.
e2e  IM  instant  message  chat  france  matrix  riot  communication 
4 weeks ago by asteroza

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