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Security scandal around shows the need for decentralised messengers, in communication, and digital sovereignty

fsfe.org/news/2020/news-202002

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Do you really think it's an scandal if the functionality to share group links was intended by WhatsApp? Even though the final consequences are quite bad, I would not call it a scandal. Keep strong words for strong occasions. The fight for attention is pushing such hard words, but you lose credibility, imho.

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@fsfe I agree with @velocitea. The article states:

"Even if they are removed from search results, links still work and give access to private group communication. Among these groups are also administrations like civil servants of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. This case shows again that digital sovereignty is crucial for states and administrations."

The fact that links still work even if they are removed from search or that anyone with access to a link can access the contents of the group is not a case for "digital sovereignty."

It's a case for people understanding how messaging systems work so that they can learn how to use them correctly.

Overall, the arguments in this article are pretty weak. I'm all for decentralized Free Software communication tools, but let's give people good reasons to use them, not pseudo scare tactics.

Dear @fsfe when you mention #XMPP as the forgotten but still alive alternative, how do you conveniently choose to ignore #matrix a decentralised communication protocol with all the new features used by #KDE and even #mozilla both projects which you mention as having some XMPP rooms 😲

@pavi @fsfe you misread (or they edited the text).

> For instance the Matrix protocol is a widely recognised and respected standard for secure and decentralised communication. This is proven by the fact that it is being used by large Free Software communities like Mozilla, KDE, but also in the whole French administration or Germany's armed forces.

@carl Now I am surprised that I missed it. Was it an edit? Totally confused. 😑

@pavi @carl We are afraid you missed it. The mention of Matrix as an example for one of the newer protocols has been there since the release. You may note that we also mention popular users like Mozilla, KDE, France and German allied forces

@fsfe @carl Ohh Big time apologies then. My reading skilly are falling down. 😒

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