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[liberationtech] Convergence: does anyone use it?

Patrick Mylund Nielsen cryptography at patrickmylund.com
Sun Jul 28 13:20:13 PDT 2013


On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Yan Zhu <yan at mit.edu> wrote:

> It seems to be the browser extension <http://convergence.io/> that
> everyone talks about but nobody uses. For one, the original repository
> isn't actively maintained, and I found at least one unpatched issue that
> keeps it from working in recent Firefoxes (see
> https://github.com/moxie0/Convergence/issues).
>
> Is anyone running it? Thoughts on whether it's worth forking and patching?
>
> Perspectives, on the other hand, is a similar project that is quite active
> but seems to get less mentions: http://perspectives-project.org/
>
> -Yan
>

Unfortunate, since Convergence is based on the research done in the
Perspectives project. Moxie deserves credit for sure, but he seems to be
getting (almost) all of it. An Ubuntu-and-Debian-esque situation, if you
will.

Why is neither used by the masses? Because nobody changes their settings:
https://www.imperialviolet.org/2011/09/07/convergence.html
That's going to be a hard problem to solve.
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