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[liberationtech] Do you have any thoughts on Matrix.org?

Jonathan Frederickson silverskullpsu at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 14:15:40 PDT 2017


> i've posted some issues i have with their privacy policy here, but
> haven't had time to follow up.  if they're compliant with data requests
> on the official servers, would it suffice to have more servers?  most
> people would end up in the official ones, since they're being
> recommended by default when you install the android app.

It would only help if you're sure not to communicate with users on the
matrix.org servers (or any other server whose privacy policy you
disagree with). To a certain extent that's just a reality of using a
federated service - it exists across multiple servers, each of which
must comply with local laws and likely has its own privacy policy.
Realistically, if you're concerned about that, use end-to-end crypto.

Re: most users being on the official servers, there was actually some
interesting discussion about that in the Matrix HQ room a few hours
ago. A quote from Matthew, who I believe is the project lead:

>in terms of visible traffic, i don't know that we've actually counted the total, but on a daily basis about 20% of the traffic passing through matrix.org HS is incoming via federation, iirc.

...so while most users are using the official server, a good chunk of
Matrix use is through unofficial servers.


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