[Freedombox-discuss] BitMessage

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Mon Apr 1 08:22:16 UTC 2013


I note that there's been no mention of BitMessage, so I thought I'd
mention it:



it's doing something a bit like email using something similar to the
bitcoin P2P network for passing encrypted messages around in a way that
ensures that it's not possible to see who's talking to who.  It encrypts
the whole message, so not leaking via the headers.

Then again, it's early days, it needs a security audit and seems to have
had significant security issues in earlier versions, so no clue when it
might be ready for real use, and its not packaged for Debian, so nothing
for Freedombox right now ... but probably worth keeping an eye on.

On the down side, addresses are long base58 strings, and you'll have to
change addresses as the network grows, but I imagine that people will
come up with some way of mapping memorable names to those addresses at
some point.

Cheers, Phil.
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