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 Create nodes and bridges

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:

I'm really curious about how message delivery is resovled over the network without centralized entities. Where can I find an overview?

@briar May I ask a question for which I haven't found the answer yet? What's the meaning of the three ### in the blogs and forums and their colours? Thank you!

three green hashes = contact added in person,

two yellow hashes = contact added remotely or via an introduction,

one red hash = stranger.

@fazzah There is no iOS client and it is unlikly that there will be one in near future. Issue: not easy to get push notification, that won't leak to apple.

"We're working on a piece of software called a mailbox that will receive
encrypted messages over Tor and store them until the owner collects
them. It's designed to run on a spare Android device, laptop, or
Raspberry Pi that's plugged into power and internet. Once that's ready
it will make an iOS app more feasible."

@briar You can promote @briar without criticizing Signal. Telling people to not help people in Iran use Signal is harmful. Stop. There's room in the world for Signal and Briar.

>Telling people to not help people in Iran use Signal is harmful.

Yes, you're right.
But the post you're referring to is suggesting to help users to circumvent censorship through Tor and Tor bridges.
It's about supporting Tor rather then proxies that only serve the own network.

Suppport , to help people circumvent cencorship.
Why do you believe is this harmfull behaviour?

@briar Helping Tor is great! I don't discourage anyone from doing that. But implying people shouldn't use or help Signal isn't cool.

@be Use Signal. It's fine.
Briar has some downsides compared to Signal, and Signal has some downsides compared to Briar.

There is critique worth to direct towards Briar, and there is critique worth to direct towards signal.

Avoiding to depend on a single messenger, what ever that will be, is good.
Supporting general purpose censorship circumvention tools over single purpose censorship is good.
Signal uses it's own proxies, Briar uses Tor.

@be And also @briar is right btw. We all have to teach people a better alternative to simple plain censored, spying SMS MMS. No matter what if its a service who is privacy respectful and secure and doesn't use central servers then that's a good thing. So fair signal, telegram, matrix and briar are the most used anti surveillance communications platforms in the world! By you saying that its bad or that you personally don't like it doesn't mean that every body should do the same

@be @briar But some people wont be able to understand how briar works comparing to signal. Lots of people want the simple way of doing things life 🤔 😕

@be @briar To be honest it took me a while for me to understand how a decentralized network works. Most of the help to understand was from the informational video that mastodon put in there join website 😅

@be @briar I it promotes internet freedom for every one that an A+ in my book. because If you say to people that Signal isn't cool then what your doing is shortening peoples decision making on an alternative. I support anti censorship service 100% also If its able to get people so see the world how it is and make a difference about it then that's a really good thing!

@briar When we choose a platform we choose it for more then one reason - more as a balance. We use our senses in general to come to a conclusion to make choices by nature.Visual aesthetics is one of the major unconscious factor. That's where UI/UX design comes into play. It's time Briar improves that aspect. Security works in behind in silence. But UI determines interaction. Hope the team don't discard this with a nerdy attitude & minimise Briar usage only to overconfident nerds.

You're right. Any specific change you have in mind that could improve the UI, or something that bothers you?

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