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

Thomas Asta thomasasta at googlemail.com
Fri Mar 28 09:13:30 UTC 2014

Hi John
interesting. Maybe you want to look at http://firefloo.sf.net , which is as
well a decentral messaging hybrid with XMPP. When you swaped encryption
keys, and set the proxy to Tor, then all friends with the lock-sign in the
friendslist are sent over Tor. All your criteria are given and realized
here, maybe it is worth to think about some integration. FireFloo does not
need a central sever, and hence it is not needed to have a hidden service.
The User-ID is as well detached from the IP or Tor. Maybe you want to check
it out.. or send your key for a test.
Regards Tom

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 6:20 AM, John Brooks
<john.brooks at dereferenced.net>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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