Care About Messaging

Think About Ephemeral data is the future. Nico Sell, Wickr – 2014 In some ways, you can think of end-to-end encryption as honoring what the past looked like Moxie Marlinspike, Signal – 2016 Use Wickr Me Use Signal

Wickr Me Revisited

Messaging App Wickr Me It’s been awhile since I first wrote about Wickr. Since then, many more privacy threatening events have come to light, like Cambridge Analytica, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quitting over privacy disagreements with Facebook, and the 60 device platforms Facebook allowed special private data access to.

IEEE-CSACM Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices

Preamble – Principle 1 PUBLIC – Software engineers shall act consistently with the public interest. ~ Software Engineering Code of Ethics – IEEE Computer Society In view of recent polls suggesting that only 41 % of Americans trust Facebook to obey laws that protect their personal information, and especially considering the whole Cambridge Analytica fiasco, maybe it’s time for Facebook devs to review the above principle. As one Hacker News commenter put it: They are responsible for the fruits of their efforts. Recent revelations are of degree, not kind. The consequences of engineering work were reasonably foreseeable and the consequences were not at arm’s length. Facebook’s business model has been clear and well-understood for years and years now. This is not technology being misapplied by someone several steps removed from you. This is technology misapplied by Facebook and Facebook’s immediate customers and Facebook engineers enabled it. … I am unsympathetic to anyone at Facebook feeling moral disquiet. I think you know what you ought to do. In the mean time, the #DeleteFacebook hashtag picks up steam as Facebook’s share price continues to fall.

The New Wickr

Wickr Still Rocks Wickr is the EFF 5 star privacy messaging app built for encrypted ephemeral messaging. It does not require an email address or phone number to sign-up for. It is really good. The New Wickr Me Look

The Hoopla Over Snap Map

If privacy is the topic and some app or policy is trying to take more of it away, I’ll be first in the pitchfork line. However, when I read about the privacy hoopla over Snap Map, Snapchat’s latest location based mapping feature, I’m left scratching my head.

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