Tezos Ukraine Takes a Look at Quilt - a Proposed Decentralized p2p Messenger Service
Quilt is a cross-chain, decentralized peer-to-peer messenger which promises to protect user privacy.
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Decentralization has many benefits, one of the most important being the potential to take back control of user data from big tech companies. While blockchain technology has demonstrated how decentralization can transform real-world applications like finance, major social networks and messaging services are still centralized, with literally petabytes of data from billions of users in the hands of large corporations.
Tezos Ukraine has been taking a look at one possible solution, Quilt.
Quilt is a cross-chain, decentralized peer-to-peer messenger currently in development, which uses blockchain and IFPS technology to protect users’ privacy and give them ownership of their data. In its current state, Quilt supports cross-chain chats between users of the Tezos testnet. No gas is required to send messages, so you can try Quilt even with an empty Jakartanet account.
Messages take between 10-15 seconds to exchange between parties, and when new encryption keys are generated, messages in a user’s previous chat history will disappear.
Right now, Quilt is a bare-bones service, but Tezos Ukraine’s verdict on the proposed messenger is cautiously positive, with all the usual caveats around using a platform that isn’t yet finalized:
Quilt is a good idea and a great alternative to the existing social networks. The messenger is exactly for degens, with no spam, random recommendations, or censorship. But in its current state, Quilt feels like a proof of concept or an MVP. You can use it for fun but be prepared for your chat history to disappear for no reason - Tezos Ukraine
Quilt is available now to users of the Tezos testnet, and you can provide feedback on the project’s Discord channel.