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Update on BitTorrent Chat

Abe —  December 19, 2013 — 90 Comments

Inside BitTorrent’s approach to building serverless messaging apps.

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First, a few words on Chat’s origins. Here at BitTorrent, we value privacy. With the news this year reminding us all of the susceptibility of the communications platforms we rely on to snooping, we found ourselves wanting something new, something secure, something private. We ultimately realized that we were uniquely qualified to build this platform.

The primary weakness that we see in the available communications platforms is that they all rely on some central server to route and store all of your communication. Even if your provider can deliver industry-standard security, they cannot provide you with any kind of assurance that your communication is private. All it takes is the right (or wrong) person gaining access to your provider’s central servers, and your privacy evaporates.

Enter BitTorrent Chat. We’re building a product that allows you to talk to your friends using peer-to-peer. No central authority required.

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BitTorrent Tech Talks: DHT

Arvid Norberg —  January 22, 2013 — 6 Comments

 

Every Wednesday, we meet in San Francisco, in a conference room creatively named San Francisco, for something we like to call Tech Talks. It’s one hour devoted to sharing the stuff that keeps us busy/keeps us up at night/keeps us coding.

In this week’s Tech Talks, we break down Distributed Hash Tables. Curious about how they work? Catch the video (above), or grab the slides over here.