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[liberationtech] Report: Messenger apps during humanitarian crises

Nathalie Marechal marechal at usc.edu
Wed Feb 1 09:17:15 PST 2017


The Signal protocol is the gold standard of general public messenging
apps. There are some UX issues and high-risk users should proceed with
extreme cauion at all times, but it is widely considered the most secure
messenging app out there.


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Nathalie Maréchal
Doctoral Candidate, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Senior Research Fellow, Ranking Digital Rights
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On 2/1/17 11:53 AM, Jay Cafasso wrote:
> Does anyone know how secure Signal is as a messenger app?
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> On Feb 1, 2017 09:22, "Steven Clift" <clift at e-democracy.org
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>     See:
>     https://engn.it/appsreport
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>     In some situations, messaging apps may be the only way that people
>     caught up in armed conflict or crises can communicate with family,
>     friends or humanitarian organisations. Many messaging apps have
>     features that could help humanitarian organisations to reach people
>     who would otherwise be impossible to contact, or to collect
>     information that would otherwise be inaccessible. This information
>     can save lives.
> 
>     Some humanitarian organisations have already started using messaging
>     apps to communicate with people and coordinate their activities –
>     and many others are thinking about it. But there’s still a lot that
>     we don’t know.
> 
>     How and why are people affected by crises or armed conflict actually
>     using messaging apps? When and how is it appropriate to introduce a
>     new technology that not everyone will be able to access? Could
>     communicating with people through these communication channels put
>     them at greater risk?
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