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  • #IranProtests: Signal is blocked in Iran. You can help people in Iran reconnect to Signal by hosting a proxy server.
    5 projects | | 22 Sep 2022
    Does anyone have any follow up info that popped up last time Iran Signal Proxies were mentioned? This TLS probing issue with the proxy server?
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    4 projects | | 9 Feb 2022
  • Matrix: An open network for secure, decentralized communication
    2 projects | | 6 Feb 2022
    So disclaiming this with the warning that I haven't really kept myself too up to date the last year or two with the latest in private communications so please correct me if I'm wrong or outdated about any of this.

    Also remember that privacy and security are never a silver bullet, and anyone claiming that something is, is probably not being genuine about their intentions. Privacy and security are about making things harder, not impossible - how difficult is entirely based on what you're trying to protect, and from who or whom you're trying to protect it.

    Right, with that out of the way.

    In this case, tapping is less of a concern with anything E2EE encrypted and using proper cryptography suites - which is usually a given these days with most privacy-focused applications. Signal, Matrix, and Briar come to mind. But "censorship resistance" being the key term here, means that the infrastructure used to actually send the messages cannot be tampered with or otherwise taken offline.

    You want to make sure that automatic updates can't be pushed to the app by a third part. App signing helps but making sure that automatic updates are off and that you update frequently enough and ensuring that each release is properly released by the author is important. There are other modes where this still isn't bulletproof (system OTA update with a backdoor, app author is compromised, etc.) but these are typically not within your model.

    Telegram is not censorship resistant[0], and while it's E2EE in secret chats, it's not E2EE by default. This is a common misconception by a lot of people.

    Signal by design isn't censorship resistant but they do a lot of work to make it effectively so - when they're not fighting amongst themselves[1]. Signal is also quite aggressive when it comes to antiestablishment sentiments historically, which depending on where you are can work against you or be in conflict with your goals[2].

    Matrix is a decent enough protocol at a higher level, though admittedly I'm not super acquainted with its internals. I do use it quite a bit, however, and generally like it, but it's very unapproachable to all but the savvier tech enthusiasts, and has a pretty young ecosystem when it comes to clients, phones, etc. It's also wildly underused compared to other platforms. I myself am a long time IRC user and get very confused with Matrix at times.

    Finally there's Briar[3], which I've not used but it was mentioned not too long ago here on HN. It can use other means of communication on phones to send messages securely.

    As always, Tor can be a great way to obfuscate your internet usage and in some cases even bypass state-enacted blockages of certain sites, but it's not foolproof and can actually make things worse[4] if you don't understand how it works and when not to use it. Make sure to research first.

    By the way, threat modeling[5] can be fun and is applicable to a lot of situations, including your own personal safety. The five functions[6] are a fun place to start. Read up on it if you want!

    Hope this is a decent enough overview!








  • AdBlocking as a Service
    4 projects | | 12 Sep 2021
    China just blocks ESNI entirely, possibly Iran too, and I'd assume once ECH becomes popular they'd do just that. The paper points out it's trivial to defeat the blocking, but there needs to be at least a client or server-side modification, which is kinda out of scope for your app & service. Would Cloudflare join the cat & mouse game? Probably not, considering in China they choose to cooperate with the local entity.
  • Session App vs Signal
    2 projects | | 16 May 2021
    And you could ask and get the information first instead of commenting without knowing, It's not like Oxen team is some secret team you can't contact, or they ban you from their forums and close your issues for asking (like happened to some members of the Anti-Censorship Community for asking stuff to signal about their bad proxy implementation back in February
  • What are some lesser known services that have made your life better?
    19 projects | | 21 Mar 2021
    Signal Proxy is broken according to people working on keeping Iran afloat the global internet:
  • Will the outline transition to v2ray?
    2 projects | | 3 Mar 2021
    V2Ray is a suite of protocols and a way to combine them. Not all setups are helpful, so you need to be specific about what exact setup you believe it would be helpful.
  • If my phone screen is locked, the screen never lights up when a Threema call is incoming. Why?
    2 projects | | 27 Feb 2021
    proxy For areas where there is a filter: How? It seems is a shitty proxy a lot of people can see it, but the moxie guy blocked the bad comments. It is just "bypass", is not for censorship really, either way it seems shitty. You can read more here and other technical blogs.
  • Signal is Great!
    3 projects | | 22 Feb 2021
    Here is : Signal is shit
  • A Joint Statement on Recent Events Between Signal and the Anti-Censorship Community
    2 projects | | 9 Feb 2021
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