[Freedombox-discuss] BitMessage

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Mon Apr 1 18:05:25 UTC 2013

Hi Jonathan,

Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com> writes:
>> From: Philip Hands <phil at hands.com>
>>To: freedombox-discuss at lists.alioth.debian.org 
>>Sent: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:22 AM
>>Subject: [Freedombox-discuss] BitMessage
>>I note that there's been no mention of BitMessage, so I thought I'd
>>mention it:
>>  https://bitmessage.org/
>>  https://bitmessage.org/wiki/FAQ
>>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.
> It's perfectly possible to see who's talking to who, just as it is in the
> Bitcoin protocol.

Odd, that  is not to be the way I read their site & PDFs.

In fact, I got the strong impression that one of the primary
justifications for the thing was hiding the identities of those
corresponding, so it is pretty feeble if they've failed to achieve that

For instance, this table in the FAQ:


makes it pretty obvious that they think it does hide the sender and

Perhaps you'll be so kind as to provide references to show that your
interpretation is correct?

Not that I think the merits or otherwise of BitMessage are on topic here
(at least not until it's of a quality that might justify it being packaged).

I'm certainly not going to bother defending it (I only stumbled across
it a few days ago, and have not run it)

I was instead hoping that someone here that was not yet aware of
BitMessage might find the time and motivation to make the thing good
enough for it to be packaged, and then perhaps it could find its way
into FBX if it's a good fit (which it seemed to me that it might have
the potential to be).

Cheers, Phil.
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