On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 07:39:24PM +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote 1.1K bytes in 26 lines about:
: 1) I know that audio and video chats in Jitsi are secured by�ZRTP. However, there is one thing I don't understand. On ZRTP's website (http://zfoneproject.com/), it appears as if users of this technology have to pay this company licensing fees. My question is: How was Jitsi able to freely implement this technology?
ZRTP offers a free license for non-commercial software.
: 2) Some people have told me that I'm paranoid when I suggest they move from Skype to Jitsi. They tell me that it's more likely that big brother would be cracking into encrypted conversations, because it's more likely that people would have something to hide on such conversations. What answers do you have against this claim?
Silly organizations try to break the encryption these days. It's far
easier to trick the user or break the software than it is to break the
encryption. I use jitsi with zrtp and otr because I have something
to hide; the contents of my communications. I wouldn't broadcast my
conversations to my neighborhood, ISP, nor everyone in between. When I
want to, I could use twitter, facebook, linkedin, web forums, email, etc.
Hundreds of millions of people use encryption on the Internet every
day. Do you have the same concern about shopping or banking online? Those
connections are generally encrypted at some point.
If you live in under a repressive regime where encryption is illegal,
then sure, you may be a target by using jitsi with encryption on the
: 3) Some people have complained to me that Jitsi even exists. They believe that with Jitsi, evil people can now more easily plot their schemes in complete secrecy. They believe this practice should be outlawed. They believe it's okay for big brother to have some means to snoop into online conversations, as they are known for doing with Skype. What answers do you have for such claims?
The snarky answer here is that criminals use butter knives, cars,
smartphones, cameras, and breathe air. Do you use these things? Hmm,
you might be a criminal.
The real answer here is that the net positive vastly outweighs the
costs to society. If strong encryption didn't exist globally, commerce
and communications would be substantially curtailed and we'd be back to
the 1930s state of the world. The four horsemen of the infopocalypse
could use jitsi and do horrible things over it. At the same time, I
imagine the vast majority of jitsi users are benefiting from the ease
of communications, easy-to-use interface, free software community, and
general positive aspects of being able to chat with people in realtime
globally, for free or low cost.
I'm glad jitsi exists. The world would be worse off it didn't.