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Re: Is Telegram or Signal acceptable for harm reduction?

From: Federico Leva (Nemo)
Subject: Re: Is Telegram or Signal acceptable for harm reduction?
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2021 09:05:16 +0300
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Il 05/08/21 02:30, Jorge P. de Morais Neto via libreplanet-discuss ha scritto:
Telegram/does/  have free clients on GNU Guix and PureOS repositories,
which is great, but it is a centralized network, the server code is
hidden, and it doesn’t even have end-to-end encryption!  So is it a real
improvement over the fully proprietary---but allegedly end-to-end
encrypted---status quo?

If you mean WhatsApp, the end-to-end encryption of its groups is mere fiction, because [to simplify] the decryption keys are available to attackers and metadata is not e2e-encrypted:

Depending on your threat model, Telegram can be an improvement.

That said, don't give up so easily. If we're talking about half a dozen users, you can probably just help them create a Matrix account, by meeting in person if necessary. In my experience they'll soon tell you it's easier than they thought.


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