A lawsuit against the Trump administration highlights a presidential mandate to keep records of all official communications—something consumer encrypted-messaging apps aren’t designed to do.
Even the most secure, stable, and well-positioned open-source messaging apps need a smart user interface to catch on. Look no further than Demonsaw’s demise—and Signal’s success.
The requirement of apps such as Signal and WhatsApp that both senders and recipients use them makes it easier to confirm cryptographic exchanges. It also slows adoption.
What was once an obscure app offering protection for which most people couldn’t contemplate a use is being rapidly adopted by tech titans and rebels alike. Here’s why.
First Amendment protections haven’t stopped attempts to regulate organized protests and other civic action. But effective community organization doesn’t have to sacrifice privacy.