Ricochet вместо Torchat
Originally called Torsion IM, Ricochet was renamed in 2014-June. Ricochet is a modern alternative to TorChat, which hasn't been updated in several years.
Проект пишет некто, John Brooks неосиливший школу:
Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties.
При этом намекается, что автор — шифрпанк:
“He writes incredible code,” Gray says, “and really thinks like a hacker, even though he doesn’t have a security background.”
“Ricochet is idiot-proof and anonymous.”
To build Ricochet, Brooks patterned his program on something that already existed—TorChat
TorChat had a number of implementation problems when it came out, however, and has largely been abandoned by users and its developers. Brooks vastly improved the concept.
Проект входит в некую группу озабоченных приватностью/анонимностью активистов http://invisible.im/ и уже официально спонсируется:
Invisible.im recently got $10,000 from Blueprint for Free Speech, an Australian non-profit, to fund Brooks’ development costs and with that group as a fiscal sponsor now, Invisible.im can also apply for grants as an NGO.