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June 03, 2013, 06:50:50 AM
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I've communicated with my friends in Turkey about Bitmessage.org and they seem to be very excited about the possibilities offered by Bitmessage in terms of private encrypted communications. Bitmessage however currently runs just on your desktop, it would be truly incredible if it could be ported to Android so that people can use it mobile and have access to encrypted communications anywhere they go.

I'm starting a bounty to port Bitmessage to Android. I would add the caveat that there should be a system added so that a person  needs to log in each time they use it so that if the phone is taken by the police, they can not simply just gain acces to the phones messages (thus rendering it more a tool of incrimination). I'm not entirely sure how such a system would work, but I think that would be key to having it ported to android so that it didn't become a dangerous piece of evidence.

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June 03, 2013, 07:04:05 AM
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There is already a project going on:
https://bitmessage.org/forum/index.php/topic,1661.0.html

Maybe it's a good idea to not disperse forces Smiley

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I'm not saying that I'm against the bounty! Grin

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June 03, 2013, 09:09:55 AM
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I had the same idea some days ago and already talked a little with the developer of this project.  He's designing it as a client-server architecture, where the phones would be running only a "light" client that communicates with a supporting server.  The intention behind this is partly to make it a more interesting academic project, and I believe it would be feasible for modern phones to run a full client including PoW, in particular if implemented in native code on Android instead of Python on the desktop client.  Then maybe even the Android version is faster than the Python one....

He also showed interest in adding a "full node" option, but that's not first priority and it of course depends on his time and interests after satisfying his supervisor for this project.  So I'm not sure whether or not this will provide really a useful alternative, and in particular do not believe it will come shortly (such as being useful to Turkey at the moment - but possibly in the future at similar protests).

I'm interested myself in working on that (and also offered my help), and also volunteer to help with other efforts building a client ... however, I do think the community should indeed organise such efforts well, because I don't want to invest my time just to find in the end that "my" project is superfluous and some other client becomes more widely used.  Instead it would be much better if all interested persons could combine their efforts to build an even better client.

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June 03, 2013, 09:14:39 AM
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There is already a project going on:
https://bitmessage.org/forum/index.php/topic,1661.0.html

Maybe it's a good idea to not disperse forces Smiley

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I'm not saying that I'm against the bounty! Grin


Good point! I wasn't aware of it, although the user in that forum plans to release by the end of the summer- maybe not the timeframe we are looking for here to help with the political situation in Turkey.

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June 04, 2013, 05:53:14 PM
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I would add the caveat that there should be a system added so that a person  needs to log in each time they use it so that if the phone is taken by the police, they can not simply just gain acces to the phones messages (thus rendering it more a tool of incrimination). I'm not entirely sure how such a system would work, but I think that would be key to having it ported to android so that it didn't become a dangerous piece of evidence.

Shouldn't that also apply to your PC at home? ie. data file encrypted and unencrypted by password, just like the bitcoin client

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June 04, 2013, 06:16:00 PM
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How much bandwidth does the client eat up?

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July 14, 2013, 02:06:38 AM
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It's a data hog.  I'd like to get my hands on a gateway script.  That way I'd just run my own Bit2Mail system abd not need worry about a client for droid

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July 15, 2013, 11:13:18 PM
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there is this bounty as well for this

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=246692.0

and also this

https://bitcoinstarter.com/projects/98


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July 16, 2013, 01:35:22 AM
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