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[liberationtech] What I've learned from Cryptocat

Collin Anderson collin at
Fri Aug 10 16:03:08 PDT 2012

> Do activists seriously diverge from general browser usage

Oh hey -- at last, quantifiable question that would lend itself to a solid
research paper. Let's gather aggregate analytics data from activist sites
and compare to the norm. I think I can help on this...

On Friday, August 10, 2012, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at> wrote:
> Brian Conley:
>> Oh! Definitley. My biggest concern about the general digital security
>> abroad, until recently has been the predominance of Internet Explorer 6
>> the browser of choice!
>> I do believe that's changing. I'm simply acknowledging that its great
>> seems, at least thus far, to be keeping the browser-side option, while at
>> the same time implementing such an easy option for many users as the
>> extension.
>> In fact I'd not even tested the experience until another member of this
>> list brought it to my attention how easy it is to work an extension in
>> chrome. That said I have tended previously not to use Chrome, and almost
>> never install extensions in Firefox.
>> Mostly I'm recognizing that in the case of at least some users, the
>> availability of the chrome extension and the ease of use really discounts
>> any usability/laziness excuse, however I do have concerns about the way
>> Chrome functions more generally vis a vis auto update, and of course its
>> one more way in which an individual has to trust the Google...
> We've also worked on Firefox plugins as well. So while right now there
> is a lot of talk about Chrome, we had a working Firefox "webapp plugin"
> at the WSJ Data Transparency event. So if there are other browsers used
> by activists other than those two, which I'm sure of, we need to get a
> good survey going to decide how to target those browsers next.
> Any thoughts? Do activists seriously diverge from general browser usage
> statistics?
> All the best,
> Jake
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*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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