- Posted by: quarck
The Tox Project
Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging application that ran without requiring the use of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and end-to-end encrypted, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at the same time, the application would be easily usable by the layperson with no practical knowledge of cryptography or distributed systems. During the Summer of 2013 a small group of developers from all around the globe formed and began working on a library implementing the Tox protocol. The library provides all of the messaging and encryption facilities, and is completely decoupled from any user-interface; for an end-user to make use of Tox, they need a Tox client. Fast-forward a few years to today, and there exist several independent Tox client projects, and the original Tox core library implementation continues to improve. Tox (both core library and clients) has thousands of users, hundreds of contributors, and the project shows no sign of slowing down.
Tox is a FOSS (Free and Open Source) project. All Tox code is open source and all development occurs in the open. Tox is developed by volunteer developers who spend their free time on it, believing in the idea of the project. Tox is not a company or any other legal organization. Currently we don’t accept donations as a project, but you are welcome to reach out to developers individually.
How does Tox Protect My Privacy?
Tox protects your privacy by removing the need to rely on central authorities, concealing your social graph, enforcing end-to-end encryption (with perfect forward secrecy) as the default and only mode of communication, and by making your identity impossible to forge without possessing your personal private key, which never leaves your device.
What makes Tox different?
Tox is made by the people who use it — people fed up with the existing options that spy on us, track us, censor us, and keep us from innovating.
There are no corporate interests, and no hidden agendas. Just simple and secure messaging that is easy to use.
Everything you do with Tox is encrypted using open-source libraries. The only people who can see your conversations are the people you’re talking with.
Tox has no central servers that can be raided, shut down, or forced to turn over data — the network is made up of its users. Say goodbye to server outages!
Tox is free software. That’s free as in freedom, as well as in price. This means Tox is yours — to use, modify, and share — because Tox is developed by and for the users.