Cryptocat: The Social and Technical Challenges of Making Crypto Accessible to Everyone

A session at SIGINT 2013

Friday 5th July, 2013

3:00pm to 3:45pm (CET)

Cryptocat's mission to make open source encrypted chat accessible to the masses has been successful — but what are the technical dangers and limitations? What are the social repercussions? I'd like to discuss how leading an open encrypted chat platform to 50,000+ users in a single year has resulted in crazy and new problems that we need to consider if we want to make crypto more accessible.

The Cryptocat Project aims to make encrypted chat available to everyone around the world who already knows how to use Facebook or GChat, using free and open source software. We're accomplishing this by porting encrypted chat technology (OTR, etc.) into the most mainstream platforms and coupling it with the most accessible, friendly and easy to use interface we can come up with. We then translate Cryptocat into 35 languages to make it truly international.

In this talk, I want to discuss the technical and social problems that come with making encrypted chat so accessible. What are the technical limitations? By porting OTR to the browser, we have opened a pandora's box of security considerations that few had bothered to take on seriously before.

The social aspect is also interesting. How are different communities worldwide reacting to mainstream, accessible crypto available in their language?

Cryptocat began as an experiment, and it still is — but the results are beginning to show. Join us for a talk on how making accessible crypto forces us to consider new problems.

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Nadim Kobeissi

@Cryptocatapp Developer. Information Freedom, Activism and the Internet Final Frontier. Cryptography and Foreign Affairs. Fedora Linux supporter. bio from Twitter

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Germany Germany, Cologne

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Time 3:00pm3:45pm CET

Date Fri 5th July 2013


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