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[liberationtech] Silent Circle Going Open Source

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Wed Nov 21 11:28:31 PST 2012


It appears I may have jumped the gun a little bit...
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/21/silent_circle/

In the above article:
- Silent Circle is targeting activists as a potential market
explicitly, and yet have not continued on their promise to publish
source code. What's published so far amounts to half a repository
(incomplete) on only one of their apps:
https://github.com/silentcircle

- Silent Circle is now making claims like:  "Users don't even have to
trust us. They don't have to be worried about Silent Circle being
coerced into doing wiretapping." That's suspect. Under CALEA, does
this mean Silent Circle (which uses a centralized model for code
delivery, server maintenance, account maintenance and user
communication) cannot be forced to wiretap potential targets?

I am still not impressed with Silent Circle. I was very pleased with
their releasing some incomplete chunks of source code but have seen
nothing but setbacks since then.


NK


On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at nadim.cc> wrote:
> I applaud the initiative, but definitely think this needs to be followed up
> with the source code for the rest of their suite. There also needs to be
> sufficient documentation and publishing of server-related stuff.
>
>
> NK
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Pavol Luptak <wilder at trip.sk> wrote:
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 10:55:49AM +0100, Julian Oliver wrote:
>> >
>> > ..on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 08:15:12PM -0500, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
>> > > A huge thanks to Silent Circle for doing the right thing!
>> > > https://github.com/SilentCircle
>> >
>> > Great start. It remains to be seen if they'll open up the server side
>> > code. If
>> > not then it can't be considered a great win - more akin to an API model
>> > such
>> > that developers create custom clients for their closed and centralised
>> > service
>> > (a la Google, Twitter, Facebook et al).
>>
>> Do they plan to release also source code for other parts of their
>> products?
>>
>> At https://github.com/SilentCircle, there is just a source for silent-text
>> (nothing else).
>>
>> Pavol
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