Resume open source code for Signal Server, do not close source it!

Resume open source code for Signal Server, do not close source it!

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Signal is known as a privacy focused communications client, trusted by millions around the world. Recently, that trust has sadly been put into question.

Since April 22nd 2020, the code behind Signal-Server, the central component in the signal infrastructure (github) hasn't seen any updates. All the while, the code for its clients (e.g. Android client, github) is being regularly published. Seeing different approaches to the server and the client raises concerns about the opens source status and the motives of Signal Foundation in not publishing the updated server source code. Some users have expressed the concern the server source code may have been compromised or changed its status to proprietary closed source.

The calls for comments published in the signal community forum and the github issues page for the client have so far gone unanswered.

Ceasing source code publication diminishes the transparency of the product and the trust its privacy-minded users invest in it.

On signal.org, Signal is marketed as offering "state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption (powered by the open source Signal Protocol)".

In their mission statement, Signal Foundation stated that "as a committed member of the open source community, we publish our technology and share knowledge to encourage other companies to adopt it in their own products and services."

We believe that under the circumstances, Signal Foundation should cease marketing Signal in good faith as an open source product, if the server code currently deployed by Signal does not match the last published source code of Signal-Server from April 22nd 2020, available for peer review on github.

We ask Signal Foundation that the open source code publication for Signal-Server is resumed, so that the software maintains its open source status and restores the trust and transparency within the community of users. In the event Signal-Server has become a closed source proprietary product, discontinued or otherwise compromised, we urge Signal Foundation to offer a clear statement about the situation of Signal-Server.

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