[tor-talk] Introducing Torsion, hidden service IM with real-world ambition
john.brooks at dereferenced.net
Thu Mar 27 05:20:49 UTC 2014
I’d like to present a project that I hope will interest some of you:
Torsion is a ready-to-use hidden service instant messaging client with bigger goals and better implementation than the previous work on this concept.
The goal  is to have a real solution for anonymous chat, with no servers to trust with your communication habits, that any reasonable person can use safely. I think this is a better way to meet those goals than the endless list of server-based encrypted messengers, including those that can integrate with Tor. The current version is a substantial improvement over (and not related to) TorChat, and I intend to quickly improve it from here to be more secure and more appealing to a broad audience.
It’s usable now; there are packages  for Windows and OS X , a configuration wizard similar to TBB, contact requests, and a protocol I hopefully won’t regret. I’m looking for people to try it out, validate my ideas and implementation, and help plan the future. I’ve met my first milestones; where to go from here is a decision I’d like to make with the interested community.
If you’re intrigued, please give it a try and add torsion:rs7ce36jsj24ogfw. I’m also responsive to email, github issues, and on OFTC as ‘special’. I’ve documented the major points of the design at , but I’m happy to answer questions and discuss.
 No linux packaging yet, see: https://github.com/special/torsion#downloading--building
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