Disposing of Big Tech: Building better algorithms (Part Two)
January 05, 2022
Why would we regulate algorithms? How would we do it? And, what will the effects actually be? These are some of the most important questions in tech right now.
2021 retrospective: Messaging, calling, and communicating
December 29, 2021
As 2021 comes to a close, there is no better time to look back at what happened in the messaging space — it’s been a big year after all.
Livin’ on the land of Big Tech: The gentrification of the internet
November 29, 2021
Do you believe in technology? In the world wide web of mega-corporations, rent goes up while innovation goes down.
The Matrix vs. The Metaverse
November 09, 2021
When Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook’s new brand—Meta—in an hour-long Connect 2021 presentation, I (along with others no doubt) had a nagging thought throughout: is this what our matrix looks like?
Flip the switch: Global Encryption Day 2021
October 21, 2021
This Global Encryption Day, the cybersecurity community is calling for people to #MakeTheSwitch to end-to-end encryption. The OPTF is proud to join the call and stand in support of encryption.
Deleting messages and time-to-live: This message will self-destruct in…
September 06, 2021
Digital conversations are fundamentally different to real-world conversations. When you have a conversation over text, you’re creating a record. The record you create will persist long into the future, and it can quickly paint a high fidelity picture about your life.
Contact discovery: Finding friends without foes
August 09, 2021
Messaging platforms are useless if there’s nobody to read your message. But some apps sacrifice privacy to make it easier to find your friends.
Communication Cooperative: A messaging app that can't sell out
July 26, 2021
We designed Session from the ground up to be run by the people, for the people. Session is one of the world’s first messaging apps run like a co-op.
Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption
June 23, 2021
Encryption is vital to defending digital privacy, but it’s being painted as the villain of the tech world. Push back against the anti-encryption agenda.
Privacy washing: Creating a clean image for dirty tech
June 11, 2021
Companies are using the push for privacy to market their tech whether it’s private or not.
May 07, 2021
End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging
April 26, 2021
End-to-end encryption is the most private and secure way to communicate online. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is offered in most modern messaging apps, but how does it work?
Your adversary: Who’s a hacker, anyway?
April 20, 2021
A fundamental concept underpinning the field of cybersecurity is adversaries. Adversaries are any two parties who have opposing interests.
The crypto craze: Implementing cryptocurrency into a messenger
April 08, 2021
Cryptocurrencies are in the headlines again lately. Everyone who’s anyone is talking about them, trading them, and…putting crypto into their messenger?
Trust on first use: The Achilles heel of centralised messengers
April 07, 2021
When you first send a message on a new app, you’re trusting that service to send your message to the right person without compromising its integrity or privacy. How can we remove that trust?
Data, data, data: Session user analytics and anonymity
February 10, 2021
Session has been seeing massive user growth recently, with tens of thousands of active users in dozens of countries around the world. But hold on a minute — Session is also completely anonymous, with no phone numbers or other identifiers. So how do we know how many users we have, or where they are? Mobile …
Metadata: Four syllables — zero privacy
February 10, 2020
Metadata is the biggest privacy risk you’ve never heard of. Learn what metadata is — and how to minimise your online footprint.
Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online
January 23, 2020
The little things really do add up when it comes to online privacy. Check out 9 steps you can take to keep yourself, and your data, safe online.
Confirming identities online
January 10, 2020
Staying private online is important for everyone — but for some, it can be crucial. Learn how to confirm who you’re talking to while staying anonymous.
Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging
December 23, 2019
Many private messaging apps have a critical flaw: centralisation. Learn why decentralisation is the future of secure private messaging.