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[liberationtech] What I've learned from Cryptocat

Douglas Lucas dal at riseup.net
Mon Aug 6 17:15:48 PDT 2012


Hi Libtech and Nadim,

Is it possible for both versions of crypto.cat to be available? That is
to say, maintain the existing version of quick, disposable chat rooms,
and then also create the new, more secure version with the XMPP and the
browser extension?

I ask because in my experience it's easy to get "ordinary civilians" to
use current disposable crypto.cat chatrooms -- shoot them the link, and
suddenly they're off facebook or google chat, which they've heard enough
nasty things about already -- and in so doing, begin to lure them to
what some might call the dark arts. Whereas with the planned extension +
login/password version, the barrier to entry (at least for my target
demographic) is significantly higher.

A devil's advocate could argue the existence of two versions would
disincentive people from ever moving to more secure methods, but I don't
have anything like the empirical numbers to know what would really happen.

In any case, crypto.cat is appreciated!

:-Douglas



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