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Edward Snowden's leaks of secret NSA surveillance programs made international headlines and enraged people across the world.
Now, one concerned citizen is fighting back.
Peter Sunde, best known as the cofounder of file sharing search engine The Pirate Bay, is working on an app that will allow users to message each other without fear of being spied on. The app is called Hemlis, which is Swedish for “secret.”
Hemlis will use end-to-end encryption to protect the messages that users share from nosy agencies. The app will run on iOS and Android, though the team behind Hemlis (which also includes Flattr’s Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson) wrote on its website that it might open it up to other platforms in the future.
Hemlis will be free to download and use for sending text messages. The team behind the app is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 for development. Those who want to unlock all the features of the app can pledge money to receive an unlock code – for $5, for instance, users will get two codes. The Hemlis team indicated that image messages will be one of the features that the codes unlock, and they promise “more stuff in the future.” Those who donate $10 or more can also pre-register a username, in addition to getting more unlock codes.
At the time of the writing, the funding drive surpassed $65,000 in donations – a strong start for a self-run campaign that launched just yesterday. The money will be used for development of the app, as well as setup and running the infrastructure needed, according to the Hemlis team.
Those who wish to donate can do so through PayPal or BitCoin (or use Flattr). The developers wrote that they’ll still make the app if they don’t reach their goal, unless they get “too little to manage at all,” a point they probably already passed.
To learn more about the app, check out this pitch video below: