It’s called Bleep, a nifty onomatopoeia, undoubtedly modeled after the various tones you hear on Google Chat, Skype or Facebook Messenger. It’s also a nifty double-entendre, because what’s the onomatopoeia for a censor? Which segues nicely into its big sell: Bleep won’t be vulnerable to snoops like the clients mentioned above. Essentially, this is because Bleep will cut out the middle man.
From their blog, they explain: “Our big idea was to apply distributed technology to conversations. That means no servers required. This enables people using Bleep to make a direct, decentralized connection to someone they trust.” In an earlier blog post, their mentioned mission statement is to build a more open internet.
Private chats, invite-only
Indeed, Bittorrent’s new messaging client is specifically designed to protect users from the unfortunately difficult to control eavesdroppers that pop onto our radar almost every week, but still less frequently than it should. Like its torrents, conversations will be conducted directly peer-to-peer with no central communicating server required between the users. This server would be where Bleep’s competitors might find it convenient to leak your information to nefarious-or-not third parties.
Indeed, Bleep won’t (and can’t) track who you’re talking to, what you were saying and when you were saying them. (i.e. Bleep can’t be *bleep*ed. Get it?) The release of the client should prove somewhat liberating, since it would slowly separate the two tied notions of staying connected and staying monitored.
Currently Bleep is in an invite-only pre-alpha for Windows so it is unfortunately going to be quite some time before the public could hope to evade the eyes of Big Brother. Features are also not fully expanded yet, of course. Only online text and voice calls allowed, with offline functionality to come down the pipe soon.
Of course, governments and corporations may find some battles to win as they’ve done against torrents but hopefully the lines of communication builds and holds as strong as torrents have.
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