It will be a lot harder to criticize WhatsApp now

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Yesterday WhatsApp announced the final step of its strong encryption effort. Millions of users will finally have access to one of the most important features WhatsApp lacked: privacy protection.

Wired has published a longform on that subject, and it is strange to find there much more appraisal to WhatsApp founders -Jan Koum and Brian Acton who, by the way, look far different to the typical super-billionaire- than to the real responsibles from the actual magic.

That magic comes from Open Whisper Systems, who have provided the tools and protocols that allow that end-to-end encryption to finally be there for WhatsApp users. As Forbes has put it:

All of this is now coming to a billion people’s pockets without them having to do anything about it

Exactly. And that’s how technology really changes lives.

 

Origen: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

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