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[liberationtech] WeChat

Nathan of Guardian nathan at
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:

Nathan of Guardian <nathan at> wrote:

>Sarah Lai Stirland <sarah at> wrote:
>>Hi everyone -- I'm curious as to whether anyone on here has used
>>what they think of it, how they use it, and what it provides that
>>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!
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