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[liberationtech] Group needs a 'secure' and 'anonymous' means to communicate

Frank Corrigan email at
Sat Jan 7 03:57:50 PST 2012

The threats are dynamic and involve known people and arbitrary
participants. Seeking communication tools and techniques resistant to
conservations being logged in way that cannot be recovered by an ISP,
though as said Tor offers transport anonymity.

Thanks to all the other suggestions for piratepads,, gobby
and Telecomix pad 

Does anyone know of a decentralised IM service or one they would suggest
is more privacy supporting, following on from:

New AOL IM considered harmful by privacy warriors


----- Original message -----
From: "Steve Weis" <steveweis at>
To: "Frank Corrigan" <email at>
Cc: liberationtech at
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:21:42 -0800
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Group needs a 'secure' and 'anonymous'
means to communicate

What is the threat model? Who is the adversary? Would you trust
service providers with the contents of the conversation or does
communication need to be only visible to participants? If you think it's
the latter, is the concern that a service provider could be compelled to
reveal the conversation?

How do people join? Will they have a secure side-channel to communicate,
say, a URL? Is there a pre-established set of participants or do you
to handle arbitrary participants joining in?

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 5:14 AM, Frank Corrigan
<email at>wrote:

> I am working with a UK based group and they want to enable better remote
> over the web participation in meetings for those who cannot attend in
> person. One possible application identified is Pidgin with OTR (Secure
> Instant Messaging), can anyone suggest any other ways to communicate
> that offer similar 'secure' and 'anonymous' means to communicate, but
> crucially easy to use for the not so tech minded?
> Does anyone know of any useful services/methods to set up
> temporary/disposable 'secure' and 'anonymous' online chat rooms?

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