Tether, Bitfinex, Hypercore-backed Holepunch Launch Keet Mobile, a P2P Messaging App

Holepunch, a “fully encrypted” platform for building peer-to-peer applications, announced the launch of Keet Mobile, a free peer-to-peer instant messaging application that works without “the need for centralized entities on any device.:

Keet Mobile is the first in “a series of peer-to-peer applications that will put control back into the hands of people.” Similar to its desktop counterpart, Keet Mobile is “based on Holepunch technology, which is a fully open source, peer-to-peer tech stack.”

While the Keet Mobile alpha initial release will be “limited to texting, the ability to make audio or video calls is planned for release within few months.”

Unlike traditional video chat apps which “use Cloud-based software or outside servers as intermediaries to connect two or more people, Keet Mobile users can initiate a call directly to another individual’s computer, laptop or mobile phone without third party access or interference.”

This allows for text/audio/video chatting “to take place without a central servers or company operating the network.”

Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Tether and Bitfinex & CSO of Holepunch, said:

“Today, we’re pleased to announce that the Holepunch team achieved a result that was unthinkable before by bringing full peer-to-peer communication technology to mobile devices for today’s world. In doing so, they have completely disrupted the traditional concept of mobile applications. The idea that you must give up your private data to big tech companies to do something as simple as talk to another person on a mobile device is dead. We believe in financial freedom at Tether and Bitfinex, and what’s just as fundamental as financial freedom is freedom of communications. We at Tether and Bitfinex are proud to support the growth of Holepunch and its series of peer-to-peer applications, and we are so excited for the future.”

Backed by Tether Operations Limited, the company “operating the blockchain-enabled platform tether.to that powers the first and most widely used stablecoin, Bitfinex, a premier cryptocurrency exchange, and Hypercore, a developer of peer-to-peer, scalable, and cryptographically sound distributed systems, Holepunch was founded to unlock global communications and empower freedom of speech, access to information and combat censorship around the world.”

Allowing users to be in control of their own data and communications channels is fundamental to “improving the human condition and breaking free from technology monopolies and centralized points of failure.”

Mathias Buus, CEO of Holepunch Inc., said:

“Since day 1, our goal has been to vault the Holepunch platform and Keet to become the most unstoppable communication application in the world, and with today’s release of Keet Mobile, we are well on our way. The proliferation of mobile devices around the world has been a game changer in our ability to seek information, build wealth, and communicate with people. Somewhere along the way, it was decided that for us to do all these things, we had to pay a heavy tax of personal data to big tech companies. That’s what we’re fighting in the world of decentralization and crypto, and that’s why we’re so thrilled to release Keet Mobile today.”

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