A new Bitcoin-based crypto chat platform was announced at the Adopting Bitcoin conference, BLIP.
The new app, which has not yet been made public, leverages Hexum, a proprietary multi-layer encryption method, also created by the team behind BLIP, which promises more secure communication than end-to-end (E2E) encrypted apps. popular.
“WhatsApp and Signal use a static private key. The Hexum encryption method gives you a private key per message or interaction. So hacking is very difficult,” said Alejandro Muyshondt, National Security Advisor of El Salvador and co-founder of BLIP’s founding company, High Voltage, at Bitcoin Magazine.
Hexum’s multi-layered encryption approach relies on base64, AES, SHA256, and adding randomly generated words.
Muyshondt explained two other key differences between BLIP and the now popular E2E app setup: everything goes through Lightning and a phone number isn’t required.
A new user can start using BLIP with an email address and a password. On the BLIP side, Lightning Nodes are mined, and each new user receives an address, along with a hash file that serves as an account backup file.
“So [text] goes from your phone with Hexum encryption to the Lightning Networkthen to a Hexum decryption method, then to your phone,” Muyshondt detailed.
The first phase of BLIP is text-only in this “peer to Lightning to peer” mode. The second phase includes video calls and voice messages, where the login handshake happens over Lightning and the rest goes through the Tor network, leveraging BitTorrent technology.
The creators of BLIP explained that the idea behind the project is not only to provide antifragile means for unstoppable communication, but also to serve as a driver for bitcoin adoption.
“We talk about bitcoin adoption and for the most part people talk about price, whether it’s a store of value or a medium of exchange, but there’s not enough discussions about the power of the grid itself,” said Rick Fisher, co-founder of High Voltage. said Bitcoin Magazine. “We might have two, three, or four percent of the world who have embraced bitcoin, but there’s a much larger majority right now who can step up to protect their speech and the privacy of their speech.”
The need for free speech will drive a need for Bitcoin, he continued. “And because a user needs to power the app with sats, there’s an inherent need to take that step to go buy a few dollars worth of bitcoin. And, for 50 cents or a dollar, you can activate the BLIP app and have absolute encrypted communication.
To encompass these use cases, the team behind BLIP also announced other apps at the conference, including BLIP Freedom and a Lightning wallet, which also leverage Hexum.
BLIP Freedom is a robot-administered application that enables motion creation with large-scale information delivery. Focused on freedom of assembly, it protects the privacy of like-minded people who want to communicate freely in the digital world.
“To get from where we are today to a bitcoin standard, there’s a huge chasm in there that’s going to require that we can come together, come together, create movement, create revolution, and it’s going to happen. through communication protocols,” Fisher said.
On BLIP Freedom, the only task of the organization is to start and open a channel for people to join and fund it. A user can only be kicked out of a channel with a supermajority vote (75%) of channel users, a process administered by the bot.
“Assembly starts in the digital realm,” Fisher said. “If you want to start a movement, create a revolution, it’s going to start on a phone. And if the overlords don’t like it, they just shut it down. They did it in Canada, they did it in Iran.
“So really, if you can’t organize at that entry-level level and you can get twisted and it can be turned off, then it’s really hard to come together and create a movement,” he said. he continued. “BLIP Freedom is really a movement-oriented app where people can fund it, you can receive donations and we can create, for every possible or potential movement, a messaging platform where we can release large amounts of data to people without ‘it’s closed.
Hexsum and BLIP actually stem from the development of 2Wallet, a custodial bitcoin and lightning wallet aimed at banking the unbanked in developing countries around the world. Fisher told Bitcoin Magazine that the idea was born after meeting Muyshondt during Bitcoin Adoption 2021, which closely followed El Salvador’s adoption of bitcoin as legal tender.
“We talked about the challenges ahead for El Salvador and the adoption of bitcoin, and at that time Chivo had just launched,” Fisher said, referring to state-owned Chivo Wallet. “There wasn’t a lot of information, but we knew adoption was going to be tricky because Chivo rolled out without Lightning. And so for merchant adoption, those things were going to be pretty tough. The wallet him -even was also a pretty big download.
The two partners then came up with the idea of creating a small, simple, fast and secure download wallet, Fisher said.
BLIP and 2Wallet will be available for download in a few weeks, but a waiting list is already available.