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New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing

• is still in its nascent phases, but has a functional proof-of-concept, according to its FAQ, which lays out in broad strokes the group's primary intention with the software: to better anonymize the metadata in communications between journalists and sources. From the FAQ:

As demonstrated several times over, the content of communications barely matters when determining the identity of a leaker. Simply proving that a communication occurred between a source and a journalist prior to the publication of a story/package is often enough to see the source identified, fired or arrested. In some countries the identification of a journalist's source can even result in their torture and murder.

In other words, the general context of the communication can almost always be inferred from the "metadata", which is information about a communication, not the content of the communication.

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