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[liberationtech] Report: Messenger apps during humanitarian crises
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.
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?
> Jay Cafasso
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> On Feb 1, 2017 09:22, "Steven Clift" <clift at e-democracy.org
> <mailto:clift at e-democracy.org>> wrote:
> 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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