Session:Delta Chat

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Description
Website(s) https://delta.chat/en/
Type Workshop
Kids session No
Keyword(s) software
Tags Encryption, e-mail, messaging, autocrypt, end-to-end, decentralized
Person organizing User:Compl4xx
Language en - English
en - English
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Subtitle Try out Delta.chat with us ... usable like Telegram, but decentralized and with open community
Starts at 2017/12/29 16:00
Ends at 2017/12/29 18:00
Duration 120 minutes
Location Room:Lecture room 11

Intro and hands-on session for using Delta.chat on Android devices and Ubuntu laptops (and maybe other clients by the time of 34c3). Delta Chat is a new app and approach for whatsapp/telegram/signal-style messaging. It offers the full Telegram-Style User Interface but has no single centralizing platform or own servers. It uses traditional e-mail providers to relay messages. So rather than mobile numbers or app-specific addresses, you can contact anyone of the 2.5 Billion people and organizations with e-mail addresses today. You can address people regardless of whether they use Delta or a traditional e-mail program like Outlook or Webmail. End-to-End encryption happens between Delta apps or any other E-Mail program which supports the new and evolving Autocrypt e-mail encryption effort.

Through this session we want to discuss prepared usage scenarios with real-life running Delta apps from session participants. We'd like to understand and involve more folks' perspectives and feedback, to help drive and shape further Delta developments.

Delta Chat on Android was started roughly a year ago and is not only in use by (an estimated) tens of thousands of users but has also been translated by numerous contributors into 25 languages already. As of October 2017, it remains available through direct download or the F-Droid app store which does not track or count installations ... a Google Play Store release may arrive by the time of 34c3, though we are not in a hurry! There is already good and being-worked-on user feedback. And don't worry -- it's easy to enable F-Droid on most Android phones and does not require "rooting" or other shenanigangs. On Ubuntu, Delta can be installed via the alpha "Anbox" software which typically involves only 3 easy steps.

The first part of the Delta ux/feedback testing session gives a brief overview and then focuses on getting Delta Chat installed with everyone who can bring an Android phone or an Ubuntu Linux powered device (maybe also iPhone dev setups). The second part of the session then lets everyone play with sending messages and interacting with participants ... setting up and managing groups, avatars, encryption, message notifications and other gimmicks people have come to expect from today's messengers. During the session, we'll collect feedback and findings and go through and discuss it at the end. At the end of the day or rather the session, Delta is a live, open and collaborative project and we are there to support those who want to try help with UI, code, documentation, trainings, testing or organizational aspects of the evolving Delta Chat effort.

Attendents do not require special knowledge about end-to-end-encryption or PGP.

Talkers: Ksenia Ermoshina, Bjoern Petersen, Holger Krekel and friends