Dissenter

Dissenter

Web site: dissenter.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web browsers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, C++, JavaScript
First release: ?
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Dissenter – a free speech web browser that blocks ads and trackers. It creates a digital public square on every URL. Leave your own comments and discover what others have commented in the past. Try it on news articles, blog posts, Wikipedia pages, YouTube links, and even individual tweets. Dissenter is powered by Gab.com, a user-owned social networking platform dedicated to protecting free speech online for all people.

Dissenter is a fast ad-blocking web browser based on the Brave browser. Dissenter Browser aims to reduce the amount of tracking and third-party connections which are made by modern browsers, and disable big tech control over what you can and can’t do. The Dissenter extension is included, allowing you to join a comments section on any URL.

Features:
– Block Big Tech Ads and Trackers – By using Dissenter you’ll be blocking Big Tech ads and trackers, making your browsing experience faster and more secure.
– Comment on any URL – Dissenter creates a comment section on every URL online. Leave a comment on news sites, videos, and more. Easily view comments left by other people and chat with others visiting the same link in real time.
– Customize Your Browser Experience – With the Dissenter New Tab feature you can customize your browsing experience with unique designs, a choice of search engines, and more.

BitComet

BitComet

Web site: bitcomet.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Peer2Peer Clients
Platform: Android, Windows
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: August 6, 2003
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BitComet – a BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP download client which supports many modern bittorrent protocol, e.g. Magnet Link, HTTP Seeding, DHT network, UDP tracker Protocol v2.

Features:
– Long-Term Seeding – Many torrent downloads are stuck at 99% because the seeder has left. BitComet tries to improve the performance by using the unique Long-Term Seeding Technology. This technology can find more seeds to help finish your downloads.
– Intelligent Disk Caching – In the old days, bittorrent clients could damage your hard drive with large amounts of read and write data. BitComet is the first client to solve this issue by caching data in the memory, and thus accessing your hard drive less often.
– Preview while Downloading – When BitComet is downloading video files, it will automatically try to download the header and the tail of the file as soon as possible. So it is possible to preview the video during downloading process.

Trillian

Trillian

Web site: trillian.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freemium, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: July 1, 2000
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Trillian – a free and easy to use instant messaging that works on your desktop and phone. It supports IM services such as: AIM, Bonjour, Facebook Messenger, Google Talk (Hangouts), IRC, XMPP (Jabber), VZ, and Yahoo! Messenger. It also supports social networking sites, such as Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and Twitter; email services, such as POP3 and IMAP.

Goals:
– Simple Instant Messaging – Trillian keeps instant messaging simple by not reinventing the wheel or trying to sell you something you don’t need. Advertise your status, send messages to your contacts, and synchronize seamlessly between devices.
– Persistent Group Messaging – Group chats persist on the server so friends who are offline can always catch up easily. You can also assign operator status to groups to help with member management and control topics and permissions.
– File and Image Sharing – Send and receive pictures, files, screen captures, or anything you like. Share documents and spreadsheets in group conversations. Large files can be sent using peer-to-peer technology to ensure maximum speed and efficiency.
– Game Chat – Chat directly in full-screen games using Trillian’s powerful game chat overlay compatible with dozens of OpenGL and Direct3D applications. If you’ve used overlays before in Steam or Discord then you’ll appreciate being able to keep the conversation going in Trillian as well.
– Message History – Messages are stored on your computer so you always have a copy of your past conversations. Our powerful message history viewer comes equipped with searching and filters so you can track down previous chats at a moment’s notice.
– Themes and Emoticons – Themes – including light and dark – and emoticons powered by our friends at JoyPixels let your personalize Trillian any way you’d like. Change colors to suit your particular mood, and always have the right emoji on hand to express what you’re feeling.

It is created by Cerulean Studios.

Slack

Slack

Web site: slack.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, JavaScript
First release: August 2013
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Slack – a communication platform which offers IRC style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done, whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Сheck off your to-do list and move your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Use Slack to:
• Сommunicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Еasily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Сustomize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters

Ricochet

Ricochet

Web site: ricochet.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: BSD
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: June 2014
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Ricochet IM (previously: Torsion IM) – an instant messaging software project developed by John Brooks and later by Invisible.im group.

Ricochet is a different approach to instant messaging that doesn’t trust anyone in protecting your privacy.
– Eliminate metadata. Nobody knows who you are, who you talk to, or what you say.
– Stay anonymous. Share what you want, without sharing your identity and location.
– Nobody in the middle. There are no servers to monitor, censor, or hack.
– Safe by default. Security isn’t secure until it’s automatic and easy to use.

Ricochet uses the Tor network to reach your contacts without relying on messaging servers. It creates a hidden service, which is used to rendezvous with your contacts without revealing your location or IP address. Everything is encrypted end-to-end, so only the intended recipient can decrypt it, and anonymized, so nobody knows where it’s going and where it came from.

Ricochet is an experiment. Security and anonymity are difficult topics, and you should carefully evaluate your risks and exposure with any software.

The latest version 1.1.4 was released November 2016.

RetroShare

RetroShare

Web site: retroshare.cc
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP, P2P Clients, Forums
Platform: Android, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: 2006
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RetroShare – an open-source peer-to-peer communication and file sharing application.

Retroshare establish encrypted connections between you and your friends to create a network of computers, and provides various distributed services on top of it: forums, channels, chat, mail… Retroshare is fully decentralized, and designed to provide maximum security and anonymity to its users beyond direct friends. Retroshare is entirely free and open-source software. It is available on Android, Linux, MacOS and Windows.

Features:
– Chat – Send text and images. Discuss with various people in chat rooms. Express your emotions with the rich smiley set. Use distant chat to securely chat with friends-of-friends.
– Voice and Video – Make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin. Catch up face to face with a video call.
– Mail – Send encrypted messages to other members of the network. Retroshare can store encrypted messages on friends nodes to deliver messages while you’re offline.
– File sharing – Share files with your friends or with the whole network. Use the search to find files. Retroshare uses swarming similar to BitTorrent, to accelerate the download. This makes it possible to share big files with 1GB or more. Your privacy is protected with anonymous tunnels. Only your direct friends might learn which files you download.
– Forums – you can read and write forum posts offline. This is perfect while you’re on the go. When you have an Internet connection, Retroshare will automatically sync forums with your friends. Decentralized forums are censorship resistant by design.
– Posted – Share your favorite links. See which links others like. Vote and discuss links.
– Channels – Publish files in channels. Subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files. Comment on files and spread them to your friends.
– Protect your IP with Tor/I2P – Need to hide from Internet surveillance? Can’t connect to your friends because of censorship? Need to bypass nasty firewalls? Use Retroshare over Tor to hide the connection between you and your friends.

MCabber

MCabber

Web site: mcabber.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X
License: GPL
Interface: CLI
Programing language: C
First release: June 7, 2005
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MCabber – a small console based Jabber/XMPP client. MCabber includes features such as SASL/SSL/TLS support, MUC (Multi-User Chat) support, history logging, command completion, OpenPGP encryption, OTR (Off-the-Record Messaging) support, dynamic modules and external action triggers.

MCabber is released under the GNU GPL, and has been tested on GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Cygwin.

Some features of mcabber:
– SASL/SSL/TLS support.
– MUC support (Multi-User Chat).
– PGP, OTR support
– Chat States support (typing notifications)
– History logging: If enabled (see the CONFIGURATION FILE section), mcabber can save discussions to text history log files.
– Commands completion: If possible, mcabber will try to complete your command line if you hit the Tab key.
– Input line history: Any message or command entered is in the input line history and can be reused easily.
– External actions: Some events (like receiving a message) can trigger an external action such as a shell script if you enable it in your configuration file. A sample events script (“eventcmd”) is provided with mcabber source code, in the contrib directory.
– Modules: mcabber can load modules (a.k.a. plugins) at runtime that extend its features.

ICQ

ICQ

Web site: icq.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, Web
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, Objective-C, Java
First release: November 15, 1996
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ICQ – a convenient and easy to use messenger service. It offers application clients for mobile devices such as Android and iOS, and desktop machines which works under Linux, OS X and MS Windows, and a web browser client as well.

Features:
– securely encrypted calls
– high-quality video calls
– speech-to-text for voice messages
– ability to create your own stickers
– animated 3D masks and video calls
– groups and channels
– chat synchronization across all devices

The project started and was developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis in 1996, the client was bought by AOL in 1998, and then by Mail.Ru Group in 2010.

Threema

Threema

Web site: threema.ch
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients, IM
Platform: Android, iOS, Web client
License: AGPL, MIT
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, Objective-C, Java
First release: December 2012
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Threema – a secure messenger which keeps your data out of the hands of hackers, corporations, and governments. Threema can be used completely anonymously, allows to make end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls, and offers every feature one would expect from a state-of-the-art instant messenger. With Threema Web, you can also use Threema from your Desktop.

Features:
– Text and Voice Messages – Quickly and conveniently send text messages. If you don’t have the time to type, voice messages come in handy.
– Groups and Distribution Lists – Groups and distribution lists allow to send messages to multiple recipients at once. Groups are managed in a strictly decentralized manner. Except the group members themselves, no one – not even Threema – knows who is member of a group.
– Threema Web: Conveniently Chat from the Desktop – Thanks to Threema Web, chatting from the desktop is just as secure as using the Threema app on your phone. You have full access to your entire chat history as well as all contacts and media files. Threema Web is open source.
– Share Files, Media, and Locations – Use Threema to send any type of file. Just like text messages, files are end-to-end encrypted, of course.
– Handy Poll Feature – Create polls in no time to gather the other group members’ opinions in an efficient manner.
– Voice and Video Calls – Place calls without revealing your phone number. Threema calls are end-to-end encrypted and thus tap-proof. They impress with crystal-clear voice quality and brilliant video quality.

Threema is developed by the Swiss company Threema GmbH.

Sipdroid

Sipdroid

Web site: sipdroid.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: Android
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C
First release: April 27, 2009
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Sipdroid – a free and open source SIP/VoIP client for Android devices, developed by the i-p-tel GmbH. The project started in March 12, 2009 by the project author Dr. Pascal Merle.

The app routes calls dialed from your phone’s built-in contacts app to VoIP. In settings you can choose when to use VoIP and when to make standard phone calls, based on being logged in to Wifi, and/or based on number prefixes.

Features:
– Two SIP accounts can be used simultaneously
– Supports STUN for users behind Network address translation (NAT)
– Video calls (limited support)