Pretty Good Podcast Episode 4: Communications Privacy: Big Tech vs Open Source
On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, we chat with Simon Harman and Sam de Silva from the Loki Foundation, makers of private messaging app Session, on the benefits of and challenges to using secure tools for communications. We also discuss ways to raise awareness on the importance of privacy, particularly in the Asia-Pacific where access to digital tech and literacy is highly uneven.
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- The Loki Foundation is the organisation behind Session, an end-to-end encrypted messenger that does not require sensitive metadata, such as a phone numbers, in order to use the app.
- Other Loki Foundation privacy tools include Lokinet, a decentralised onion router, and Loki, a digital currency that allows users to transact privately and anonymously.
- Among their blog posts is a comparison of today’s popular online collaboration tools.
- They are also working on a global report that aims to provide a snapshot on digital security and privacy needs of journalists and activists.
- After much public scrutiny over privacy concerns, popular video-conferencing app Zoom says it’s vastly improved its security. But is it all just lip service for these tech companies? (See the criticism against Messenger Rooms, for example.)
- Check out EngageMedia’s three-part series that criticises corporate social media and Big Tech, as well as explores the Fediverse as an alternative to these platforms.
- With COVID-19, calls to close the digital divide in Asia and strengthen digital security in Southeast Asia are now more important than ever. Here are some examples on how to do that from Myanmar and Singapore.