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Everyone has secrets and we do too. We first decided to build this app because we wanted a way to share things that are too private - or just too silly - for Facebook.
Then the NSA revelations happened. Privacy is a dwindling luxury and there are very few companies willing to stand up to the government and fight for your right to secure & private communication.
Pax Dickinson has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in web & mobile software development and security. Former CTO at Business Insider and veteran leader of software development teams, he brings a strong product vision and provided the technical innovations that Glimpse is based on.
"I'm excited to now be able to fully pursue this timely and innovative new opportunity. I'm living proof that ephemeral social networks are preferable to persistent ones and the intersection of social and cryptography is so relevant to freedom of speech and expression right now. My opinions may be controversial but it should be obvious from my reputation that I won't back down to NSA bullying. I believe as strongly as anyone that freedom of expression should be protected and that it's threatened by the government but also by a politically biased media shaming culture."
Q. What do you mean by "ephemeral social networking"?
A. Ephemeral social networking is based on communications that delete or otherwise destroy themselves after being seen or after a certain amount of time. Similar to those famous Mission Impossible briefcases (remember "This message will self destruct in ten seconds"?) it's perfect for sensitive communications or just those you don't want lingering around to possibly haunt you in the future. As traditional social networks age they are revealing to more and more of us that we don't want our social communications lasting forever and that allowing companies like Facebook and Twitter to archive everything has pretty significant drawbacks.
Q. How does Glimpse's encryption help protect me against eavesdropping?
A. Glimpse generates a private key on your phone that unlocks your encrypted messages and that key never leaves your own device. Every message in transit through the internet or stored on Glimpse servers is encrypted with the same state-of-the-art strong encryption that governments and militaries use to secure highly classified material. NSA snoops and other malicious characters can never decrypt your messages even if they are intercepted in transit, only the key on your phone can do that.