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[liberationtech] WeChat

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Sun Jul 14 11:53:29 PDT 2013


Also, I have a five minute talk at Google IO 2013 Ignite on the subject. It starts at about 16 minutes in here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhHSd59qNcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Nathan of Guardian <nathan at guardianproject.info> wrote:

>
>
>Sarah Lai Stirland <sarah at personaldemocracy.com> wrote:
>
>>Hi everyone -- I'm curious as to whether anyone on here has used
>>WeChat,
>>what they think of it, how they use it, and what it provides that
>other
>>communications tools don't.
>
>It provides a really nice backup system for all of your messages,
>address book, photos and audio located in Shanghai. Unfortunately only
>the Chinese authorities have access to it.
>
>It also ensures you don't accidentally send messages about unharmonious
>topics, like corruption, graft and human rights. 
>
>It also does away with pesky security features like HTTPS and the need
>for backdoors, since as we have learned in the case of the NSA, no one
>should have anything to hide, unless they are up to no good.
>
>Finally, it provides an excellent means for diaspora dissident groups
>like the Tibetans and Uyghurs to have their social graphs mapped, and
>geolocation tracked.
>
>In short, it is a smashing success for the CCP and the PSB, and has
>already resulted in the arrests of a number of splittists, who just
>thought it was a great way to send "free" international messages.
>
>>
>>Is there is an American version of this that anyone uses?
>
>The American version is the same as the Chinese version, and same as
>what is popular throughout SEA. It is China's version of PRISM just
>wrapped up in a shiny app package. Brilliant!
>
>+n8fr8
>
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