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Crowdsourced App Allows for Secret Communications; Kremlin Returns to Typewriters


July 12, 2013

It took 36 hours for users to contribute $100,000 to fund an app designed to avoid government spy agencies, Al Jazeera reports. The app, called Heml.is, is Swedish for “secret.” It aims to give users an alternative to major tech companies. “We’re building a message app where no one can listen in, not even us,” the creators said of the product. Meanwhile, Russia’s Federal Guard Service, which protects Kremlin communications and President Vladimir Putin, says it has returned to using typewriters for communications following revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance program.
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