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[liberationtech] secure text collaboration platforms

micah anderson micah at
Wed Oct 3 08:29:44 PDT 2012

Alex Comninos <alex.comninos at> writes:

> Why not just use Google docs?

I'd turn that around and instead ask you why "just use Google docs"?

> Does not really seem like a tool built for security, rather it is
> designed for public pastes/publishing/cooperation

It depends on what you are trying to achieve and your definition of
security. For example, being concerned that the provider of the service
is keeping IP logs of those who connect to it seems to me like a
reasonable concern.

>> Can someone help me out - Is secure? I thought it was, but I can't seem to access it via SSL.

I can't speak about piratepad itself, I can speak about and tell you that it: it can only be connected to
over https (the piratepad URL you cite is not https); it is run by an
organization that is committed to protecting your privacy; does not
store IP addresses; pads are automatically deleted after non-use for 30
days; and can be reached over a tor hidden service.

>> It'll also be really useful to know of 'piratepad' type platforms that are secure, and there's controls over deleting the collaborative pads/docs.

As always, it depends on what your criteria are for 'secure'. Most all
of these services provide an open pad that anyone can join, if they know
the address. The pad addresses are randomized, so it would be really
hard to guess such a pad name, but something to keep in mind.


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