While Briar is p2p, there is no service operator to whom you could authenticate, except yourself.

And while Briar forces all traffic through Tor, it also anonymizes who's communicating with whom.

How ever that law is going to look like, it will not limit Briar's ability to protect your identity and your communication.


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In case you happen to reside in Germany, you've probably noticed the effort of the Interior minister to demand from nearly every online operator, to authenticate their users through their passports. (law not passed yet, but being discussed)


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@netzpolitik_feed @maximilian

Das zeigt, dass #Messenger nicht nur #quelloffen und #föderiert sein sollten, sondern glaubhafte Abstreitbarkeit und peer to peer Technik wichtig sind.

Dann erübrigt sich auch die Frage nach der Registrierung.

Ich denke, ich werde mir #briar doch mal genauer anschauen...

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Decided to stop whinging about @briar's UI/UX and start do something about it.

I'm replying to existing issues at the moment, because no-one likes the person who comes barging into an open source community creating a bunch of new issues without referencing old ones:


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1/ I just published a massive article called "Recovering Our Lost Free Will Online: Tools and Techniques That Are Available Now" changelog.complete.org/archive

I will summarize some key points in this thread, but please do check out the article.

We'd be happy to collaborate with people wanting to add LoRa/Meshtastic (or similar) support to Briar. We have a ticket for it already:

Did you know this:

's E2EE is similar to 's, but adapted to be delay tolerant and work without central server. It uses the Bramble Transport Protocol:

Briar's founder contributed to the original Axolotl Double Ratchet Algorithm:

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Briar is censorship resistant

1. it does not rely on centralized server infrastructure
2. Tor, and bridges to Tor in case Tor is under censorship are implemented by default
3. build with offgrid communication in mind, in case of internet shutdown
4. no Sim card required. (sim card registration can be stopped/on hold by gov)

Don't build proxies serving only a single purpose, support general purpose censorship prevention tools such as @torproject@mastodon.so.cial. Create nodes and bridges

Meeting at online is great, but we're also missing the opportunity to test with all of you 's mesh alike Bluetooth function, allowing offgrid communication.

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I've been using Briar to communicate with family and I really like it. It is a peer-to-peer encrypted messaging app and you can even create private groups, forums and blogs with it! The messages are stored securely on your device and not in the cloud. You can connect with your friends through Wi-Fi, data or Bluetooth. There's no voice, video or file exchange support, though. It's only a great and secure text app. I really like it! Have you tried it? What are your thoughts about it?

#messaging #security #privacy #Briar

While Briar could become a reliable option for you, never build your emergency communication around a single method of delivering messages.

Different messengers, will fulfill different needs.
Different methods of using them, will fulfill different needs.

Learn from the lessons anarchists learned, from defending their communities and the lands they belong to:

Skills for Revolutionary Survival: Communications Equipment for Rebels

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Around 8000 clients in Myanmar/Burma are connected the Tor network. This does not count the users connected by bridges to Tor.

In Briar all communication goes through Tor, to protect your identity.
To circumvent censorship, Briar gives you access to bridges in case Tor is blocked by your ISP.

In case of internet shutdown, Briar can use Bluetooth and WiFi to pass on messages to your contacts.

Learn more about Briar here: briarproject.org/

Profile pictures will be synced only with your contacts just like other messages.

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The code for supporting avatars has been merged. It still needs more testing, before we'll release it though.

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Using Briar GTK at a distance

Until a proper Briar mailbox is available, you can hack your own always-on Briar node with devices like the Raspberry Pi.

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