I stumbled across this in my bid to beef up my security.
It seems the encrypted version of SnapChat – but is peer to peer (much like torrent sites). If you want to join in the fun – visit the site for The Tox Project and then message me using the encrypted message form on the contact page.
Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging protocol that ran without any kind of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and encrypted end-to-end, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at the same time, the protocol would be easily usable by the layperson with no practical knowledge of cryptography or distributed systems. Work began during the Summer of 2013 by a single anonymous developer (who continues, to this day, to remain anonymous). This lone developer put together a library implementing the Tox protocol. The library provides all of the messaging and encryption facilities, and is completely decoupled from any user-interface; for an end-user to make use of Tox, they need a Tox client. Fast-forward a few years to today, and there exist several independent Tox client projects, and the original Tox core library implementation is nearing completion (in terms of features). Tox (both core and clients) has thousands of users, hundreds of contributors, and the project shows no sign of slowing down. Recently, a group of some of the project’s major contributors have formed The Tox Project, an organization built around the protection, promotion, and advancement of Tox and its development.
The Tox Project shall exist for the purpose of advancing the state of secure communication of the individual. The Tox Project shall further the development of the Tox core library as its steward. The Tox Project will provide:
- Funding for core developers, when reasonably within the organization budget
- Maintenance of a published standard describing the Tox core protocol and library implementation
- Maintenance of a published standard describing Tox client implementation guidelines
The Tox Project shall also be responsible for facilitating collaboration amongst the various Tox core and client developers (collectively termed “Tox developers” throughout the rest of this document) by providing platforms for discussion between and among the two groups. Lastly, The Tox Project will also provide (at its own discretion) at least the following services, free-of-charge, to project groups utilizing the Tox core library:
- Build infrastructure
- Binary and package distribution infrastructure
- Documentation infrastructure
- An outlet for public relations
The Tox Project shall ensure that its purpose and mode of operation remain within the
meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The relationship of The Tox Project to Tox is analogous to the Linux Foundation’s relationship to Linux. We’re here to make it easier for everyone to develop and use Tox, and to promote free and secure exchange of information via the use of Tox. This project / app could prove very handy in the transfer of information between me and a client.