@zeh Of course a federated service would be preferable. Maybe soon @firstname.lastname@example.org? Don't know the backstories to what you are talking about, but it has to be acknowledged that signal brought end to end encryption to the masses. Hell my family is now on signal! Also never met the man.
@franklinlopez @ombres agreed with you all. that's a great article. also this short one: https://resist.berlin/goodbye_signal.txt. point #1, tying identities to phone numbers is very serious for many threat models, as it precludes anonymity and lets the provider know who talks to whom, which is half of the police work right there
@ombres these facts lend weight to this suspicion I've had about this single point of failure on centralized infrastructure. What to do then? The argument that the Play Store is a rootkit (no mention of iOS) will only resonate with the tech-minded. I think it's easy to underestimate what a barrier to entry poor usability represents. That being said, I think it's time to shift from "we can do better" to "we have to do better". This may not feel true for the general population but for @'s, we do have to do better.
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