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Latest News: - - Briar 1.0 release candidate + + Briar 1.0 released, new support from OTF

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Press Release

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Secure P2P Messenger Releases First Version, Receives New Funding

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May 9 2018
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+ The peer-to-peer messenger Briar released its first stable version today. + It is available for Android devices from + Google Play or + F-Droid. + This release follows a security audit + and a 10 month public beta period during which many bugs were fixed and lots of feedback was received. + The Briar Project wishes to thank all beta testers for their contributions. +

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+ The development of Briar will continue with help from the Open Technology Fund, + which has previously supported the project as part of its mission to promote internet freedom worldwide. + New features planned for 2018 aim to address the most urgent needs of the community. + They include the ability to add contacts remotely without first verifying identities in person. + Also planned are image attachments for messages and improved battery life. + During this work, the Briar team will also lay the groundwork for an eventual desktop client. +

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+ Lots of people have asked for an iOS version of Briar, + but bringing the P2P messenger to the iPhone is challenging, + because Apple does not allow long-lived network connections + in the background which are needed for P2P messaging. +

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+ The German Prototype Fund is supporting Briar + in developing a feature + that will allow users to send each other messages even if they are not online at the same time. + This will increase users' reachability and further improve battery life. +

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About Briar

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+ Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. + Unlike traditional messaging tools such as email, Twitter or Telegram, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. + If the internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. + If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance. +

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+ Briar has received funding from Small Media, + the Open Internet Tools Project, + Access + and the Open Technology Fund. +

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Contact

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Torsten Grote <t@grobox.de> [PGP key]

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Michael Rogers <contact@briarproject.org> [PGP key]

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@BriarApp

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