In an age where Google, Facebook and the NSA are known to be harvesting as much as our communications as they can, many people are concerned that online privacy now only exists in the history books. One project trying to address this is the metadata-shredding platform Elixxir, led by cypherpunk innovator David Chaum, which now lets smartphone users test the network’s private messaging capabilities.
Metadata-Shredding Platform Launches Public Alpha
Elixxir, the latest creation of the man known as the “father of online anonymity,” David Chaum, has announced the launch of the xx network public alpha. Maintained by a team of nodes run by independent operators, the xx network alpha represents the first public demonstration of cmix, the transaction network that shreds metadata and provides unprecedented consumer privacy and security.
“We’ve worked very hard over many years to design and develop the Elixxir privacy protecting platform and now users can access the platform for private communication. It’s one thing to talk about and describe such a platform, it’s quite another to make it available for use on a smartphone. I’m very proud of our team for getting this done,” said David Chaum.
In the weeks ahead, users will have a chance to test the xx network public alpha for themselves. Currently, select partners are testing the public alpha. The developers say that the public alpha will immediately be capable of processing 500 transactions per second, and they expect it to scale within weeks to 2,500-5,000 transactions per second.
The xx network public alpha nodes are run by a cross-section of selected node operators around the world.