Signal is a nonprofit. But what does this mean in practice? Today we do something most tech co’s avoid: talk money. What does it cost for Signal to play in a lane dominated by billion $ corporations, while rejecting the surveillance business model?
We also believe it is imperative to build alternatives to the current tech ecosystem & its reliance on surveillance. And building these alternatives requires understanding the political economy of the industry, so we don’t mistake an elegant idea for a realistic possibility.
If you rely on Signal, if you believe in what we’re doing, or if you want to support tech done differently, please donate to support our work.
Although I have donated I've only done so for the idea.
I don't really talk or know many people using Signal but hopefully once usernames rolls out I can hop on a group chat to shitpost with other strangers.
@Gargron I am really happy that they are so forthcoming about the economic reality of running something like Signal.
However I wish they would be even more open about it, say by adding an optional yearly $10 subscription in the app, which does nothing functionally, aside perhaps adding a little star to your profile or something. I would happily help pay the bills, given the privacy promises they have a history of showing.
Signal is great, but I wish it was decentralized and didn't require a phone number to work - there must be other ways to stop spam.
It's also great to find out how much the service costs.
Trying to raise funds from privacy-oriented folks w/o a single anonymous payment option ? Strange.
Maybe Signal could add those Tor-blocker morons over at http://paysafecard.com/en
They should be good enough for payment processing.
@nullagent I’d argue you should charge for voice and video calls.
I’d also love to see a guide for what a reasonable donation is. I actually use signal very rarely, launching the app less than once a week (just not many contacts use it). What’s a reasonable monthly donation from me?
For anyone that prefers podcasts, Meredith also spoke about this on an amazing podcast episode last year -
Decoder with Nilay Patel: Why Signal won’t compromise on encryption, with president Meredith Whittaker
Episode webpage: https://theverge.com
Hi, I'll be happy to donate again monthly when or if you will provide an answer to this 5 year old feature request - for which a patch has been proposed in Github :
It's a basic but very useful feature - being able to choose in the settings where to store downloaded media instead of the generic "Pictures" folder and avoiding putting "garbage" in it, or wasting time with the gallery app' to move each photo in another location - for example a "Signal" folder ! 😏
Das finnische Wort für "Datum" hat 10 Buchstaben. Davon sind 5 ein "ä". 😆