Posted on March 18, 2011 by Simon Phipps
This Privacy International report covers a few of the reasons citizens in surveilled society should avoid Skype. I avoid it for these reasons and more, including:
- It’s 100% closed – design, interfaces, source – so all four software freedoms are absent
- I’ve no idea who is tapping it, voice or text
- It is not possible to add in-stream protection like OTR to fix that
- Clients are only available where Skype chooses to make them available so the full range of tools is not available to us
- It’s turning into adware
- Its use makes users invest less in their own VoIP – lazy loss of freedom by willing slaves
- It can’t be integrated in a general purpose client effectively so it’s another (huge) process to load
There was a time this sort of ignorant, rigged “research” would have been excusable. That time is well past, and the people involved should be ashamed.
Pity there’s no option for gift subscriptions. Check out the blog with all the editorial replies.
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