[guardian-dev] Open, Onion and Off-the-Record == O3? Ozone?

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Wed Nov 4 07:47:53 EST 2015

I've been trying to come up with a catchy name for any messaging client
that is open-source, supports open protocols, is routed over Tor
easily/default, and that employs an openly published/standard
Off-the-Record encryption system (meaning perfect-forward secrecy with
no plain-text logging like OTR or OMEMO).  This would include Tor
Messenger, Conversations, Xabber, Jitsi (maybe), ChatSecure and our
forthcoming Zom remix/update of ChatSecure. 

Thus I came up with the basic combination of "Open", "Onion" and
"Off-the-record", as the three important aspects to teach, consider,
evangelize for messaging apps.

Taking that forward the molecule that has three Oxygen "O" atoms in it
is Ozone. Ozone is a trioxidane, and "the ozone layer (a portion of the
stratosphere with a higher concentration of ozone, from two to eight
ppm) is beneficial, preventing damaging ultraviolet light from reaching
the Earth's surface, to the benefit of both plants and animals." I think
people understand that the "Ozone Layer" is a helpful thing that
protects us, even if we don't totally understand what it is or how it

Perhaps, calling it Ozone, is too clever, but just using the phrase
"Open, Onion and Off-the-Record" is an easy meme that could stick?


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