[talk] Encrypted Chat Applications (aka not Signal)

John C. Vernaleo john at netpurgatory.com
Wed Feb 12 15:54:28 EST 2020

I haven't touched it in a few years, but zkc was an interesting attempt at 
an encrypted and zero knowledge irc like system.  ISC license, and good 
stuff like that.  We were using it in production while we were working on 
it but not sure of that status today or if it hits all your points, but 
might be worth taking a look at.


John C. Vernaleo, Ph.D.
john at netpurgatory.com

On Wed, 12 Feb 2020, Isaac (.ike) Levy wrote:

> Hi All,
> I wanted to ask if folks have any preferred end to end encryption communications software they like, for chat/txt type messaging?  Quite specifically:
> I'm looking for:
> - Stuff which relies on user-created encryption keys (pgp/gpg or otherwise)
>  - optionally, has a distributed trust validation model built in (gpg signing use would do it)
> - Stuff which relies on generalized network/messaging infrastructure
>  - Anyone remember gpg plug ins for irc clients way back when?
>  - Remember when gpg over xmpp got hot?
> I am *not* looking for:
> - Anything which replaces distributed trust (gpg and human validation), with cenralized authority (Signal, iMessage, ssl/tls/CA based models-)
> - Maybe apps can run on popular mobile platforms (iOS, Android)
> - Maybe apps which can run on desktop (Pidgn?  Does it have these features?)
> Any thoughts?
> Best,
> .ike
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