10

Dear Stem ladies, What are the best ways to organise a private group of GC women and mitigate the risk of the conversations being leaked, peered etc? Twitter- there is an option for private chat, but it comes with many limitations, ie bans for naughty women etc Discord - never used it, how suitable would it be for a purpose of a closed group?

What are any other ideas? Do you know any githubs of projects that would be suitable? Any open source? I will be grateful for any recommendation 🙂

Dear Stem ladies, What are the best ways to organise a private group of GC women and mitigate the risk of the conversations being leaked, peered etc? Twitter- there is an option for private chat, but it comes with many limitations, ie bans for naughty women etc Discord - never used it, how suitable would it be for a purpose of a closed group? What are any other ideas? Do you know any githubs of projects that would be suitable? Any open source? I will be grateful for any recommendation 🙂

7 comments

I'd give Matrix a try. https://matrix.org/ . Open-source, decentralized, seems to grow quickly at the moment.

The de-facto default client, Element, supports end-to-end encryption and has a lot of paranoid-level verification tools (i.e. if your buddy logs in from a new device, they usually need additional verification before they can access the encrypted stuff). If you and your group have a good understanding of encryption and security, you can make it a very secure setup.

If you have tech skills, Matrix / Element can be self-hosted relatively easily. The advantage is you get your very own server which is hard to take down. Definitely much harder than banning a Discord group :) The disadvantage is you'll have to care about maintenance, updates and backups yourself. (Or you can pay a company to host it for you, but it can get pricey)