Vac researches peer-to-peer, private, censorship resistant communication.

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Work

Building protocols and products at all layers of the stack including underlying transports, p2p overlays and routing, initial trust establishment, and semantics for things like group chat.

About

Our research is designed to remove centralized third parties from our communication. We believe in the right to privacy, security, and autonomy of the individual.

Researching All Layers

Concerned with all layers in the stack including underlying transports, p2p overlays and routing, initial trust establishment, and semantics for things like group chat.

Peer-to-Peer

The protocols we work on are pure peer-to-peer, and aim to minimize centralization. This too is in opposition to many initiatives in the secure messaging space.

Security, Privacy, Censorship Resistance

Assumes the basics such as end-to-end encryption, forward secrecy, avoiding MITM-attacks. Vac also places a premium on privacy and censorship resistance from port blocking, traffic analysis, and similar.

Modular System

Provide options at each layer in the stack, instead of having a tightly coupled set of protocols. Allowing developers to choose what they use and ensure they know each choice comes with different trade-offs.

Generalized Messaging

This includes both human to human communication, as well as machine to machine communication. Texting, data transfer, financial transactions, state channels and more.

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We are a remote team of researchers dedicated to building a fair internet.

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Ask questions or speak with us about our work as we research new means of communication.

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Our work is open source and free for anyone to contribute to, use, and modify for their needs.