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[liberationtech] Here Come the Encryption Apps

Ralph Holz holz at net.in.tum.de
Sun Mar 10 03:15:49 PDT 2013


Hi,

>> Matthew Green, who is a crypto researcher out of JHU, wrote a good
>> synopsis and review of Cryptocat, Silent Circle, Red Phone, and
>> Wickr:
> 
> Wow, he has no bias against open-source at all:
> 
> " don't want to scrounge around with messy open-source software --
> for example, journalists working in dangerous locations or business 
> executives running overseas operations. "
> 
> Glad to see such a great level of academic investigation and
> discourse coming out of this esteemed university.

That is not my understanding of his text at all, quite on the contrary.

In the sentence you quote, he seems to be taking the POV of end-users,
who are unlikely to be able to deal with things such as GnuPG. Which he
cites in exactly that sentence. I agree with him here - GPG is quite
intimidating to the uninitiated.

The rest of the article is, however, very much in favour of open source
as it allows him to have a look at the code, which he seems to
appreciate very much.

No basis for accusations, I think.

Ralph



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