[tor-talk] Introducing Torsion, hidden service IM with real-world ambition

Griffin Boyce griffin at cryptolab.net
Fri Mar 28 04:51:51 UTC 2014

Fascinating project =)  I look forward to watching it progress.


John Brooks wrote:
> 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 [2] 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 [3] for Windows and OS X [4], 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 [2], but I’m happy to answer questions and
> discuss.
> [1] https://github.com/special/torsion [2]
> https://github.com/special/torsion/blob/master/doc/design.md [3]
> https://github.com/special/torsion/releases [4] No linux packaging
> yet, see: https://github.com/special/torsion#downloading--building
> - John

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