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[liberationtech] What I've learned from Cryptocat

Brian Conley brianc at
Fri Aug 10 16:13:19 PDT 2012

That's great, I was simply noting, after testing the chrome plugin myself,
that the usability/accessibility of that feature is so high, I feel that
perhaps the community should reconsider its measurement of the barrier to
entry for activists.

Although Chrome may not be accessible to some groups, it seems the
cryptocat extension is easy enough that refusal to install the extension
shouldn't be tolerated from individuals who have access to it, except in
the case of opting for a more secure solution.

I'll have a longer post coming out soon with some of my own recent thoughts
on the topic of security tools and training.


On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM, 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
> as
> > the browser of choice!
> >
> > I do believe that's changing. I'm simply acknowledging that its great
> Nadim
> > 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
> chrome
> > 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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