Based on Wired, Sign is including help for the cryptocurrency MobileCoin, “a type of digital money designed to work effectively on cell gadgets whereas defending customers’ privateness and even their anonymity.”
Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of Sign and CEO of the nonprofit that runs it, describes the brand new funds characteristic as an try to increase Sign’s privateness protections to funds with the identical seamless expertise that Sign has provided for encrypted conversations. “There’s a palpable distinction within the feeling of what it’s like to speak over Sign, figuring out you’re not being watched or listened to, versus different communication platforms,” Marlinspike instructed WIRED in an interview. “I want to get to a world the place not solely can you are feeling that while you speak to your therapist over Sign, but in addition while you pay your therapist for the session over Sign.”
I feel that is an extremely dangerous thought. It’s not simply the bloating of what was a clear safe communications app. It’s not simply that blockchain is just plain stupid. It’s not even that Sign is selecting to tie itself to a particular blockchain foreign money. It’s that including a cryptocurrency to an end-to-end encrypted app muddies the morality of the product, and invitations all kinds of presidency investigative and regulatory meddling: by the IRS, the SEC, FinCEN, and possibly the FBI.
And I see no good motive to do that. Safe communications and safe transactions could be separate apps, even separate apps from the identical group. Finish-to-end encryption is already in danger. Sign is the most effective app we now have on the market. Combining it with a cryptocurrency signifies that the entire system dies if any half dies.