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[liberationtech] Heml.is - "The Beautiful & Secure Messenger"

Albert López newbiesworld at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 10 07:29:51 PDT 2013


Hello Wasabee,
I've used TextSecure but I found that it's like sending encrypted SMS, therefore you have the consequent cost associated to it. I don't know if Heml.is will be a kind of secure whatsapp or if it will have the same approach of TextSecure.
Correct me if I'm wrong with the SMS stuff. It was what I thought once I received my bill.




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Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:31:53 +0100
From: wasabee18 at gmail.com
To: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Heml.is - "The Beautiful & Secure Messenger"


  
    
  
  
    
      
      https://whispersystems.org/
      already has an open-source secure messaging, voice and more.

      Has anyone reviewed their code?

      Does anyone use it?

      Why not build on top of it?

      

      

      On 10/07/13 14:07, Nick wrote:

    
    
      
        
          noone said it would be closed source. That's peoples guess. Like, your guess, I guess.

        
      
      According to their twitter account, the answer is "maybe":
https://twitter.com/HemlisMessenger/statuses/354927721337470976

Peter Sunde (one of the people behind it) said "eventually", but
in my experience promises like that tend to be broken:
https://twitter.com/brokep/status/354608029242626048


      
        and the feature 'unlocking' aspect of the project - to be indication of a
proprietary code base.

      
      Frankly I can't see how they could get the "feature unlock" funding
stuff to work well if it's proper open source. As I'd expect people
to fork it to remove such antifeatures. It's a pity, as several new
funding models have been successful recently which are compatible with
free software, but this doesn't look to be one of them.
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