Unstoppable Domains, a Tim Draper-backed startup focused on uncensored blockchain-based websites, has launched a decentralized chat protocol.
So-called „Unstoppable Chat“, or simply „dChat“, aims to promote confidentiality through peer-to-peer networking and end-to-end encryption. Unlike conventional messaging applications such as Facebook, dChat allows users to own, encrypt and store their messages themselves on their own servers.
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Users need an Ethereum wallet private key to log in
In order to allow users to fully control their messages, dChat integrates with the user’s cryptpto wallet and P2P networks. In order to enter the chat, users must have an Ethereum wallet private key.
Brad Kam, co-founder of Unstoppable Domains, told Cointelegraph that the integration of the cryptpto wallet aims to provide maximum privacy for users. Kam elaborated that users can create a separate wallet to enhance privacy:
„You must use a private Ethereum purse key. That’s what ensures that no one but you can access the chat. If you are concerned about privacy, create a wallet just to store your domain. You can remain pseudo-anonymous.“
At launch, the chat will be available exclusively to browsers, and mobile applications will be launched soon, Kam said.
According to the company, cryptomonitor services such as MyEtherWallet and imToken have already committed to supporting dChat and will soon launch their own application using the dChat protocol.
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The new product comes from Mozilla’s „Fix the Internet“ incubator, an incentive program that aims to bring together developers and technologists to develop distributed Web 3.0.
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Data is kept secure at the protocol layer
dChat is designed to allow users to securely store their messages and data, even if a company prohibits the user from using an application built with the dChat protocol. According to the company, only the user himself can access and delete chats.
Kam said that the protocol itself is resistant to any intervention, stating that „there is no way for a company to stop using the protocol layer. That’s by design. It’s the only way to have a secure system. Applications can, of course, still prevent users from using their applications. The difference is that being kicked out of an application doesn’t make the user lose access to their account and messages. They can use them in different applications.
Because the new chat protocol promises to offer significant privacy benefits, the product raises questions about anti-terrorism activities and other measures to prevent illegal content on the Internet.