Mission and Core Values

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On mobile devices today more time is spent in messenger apps than in any other type of application. Mobile devices will be, and in many cases already are, where people do most if not all of their personal computing. Status is an encrypted and decentralised messaging application that frees users both from third party surveillance and from the mining of the meta data in their social graph.

More than an instant messenger, Status is a platform that allows anyone with a capable smart phone to use decentralized applications (DApps) right from their mobile device.

Join us in putting Ethereum on every mobile device on the planet.

The Mission

To ease the transition to a more open mobile internet.

To help anyone, anywhere, interact with Ethereum, requiring no more than a phone.

Status also fosters links with the wider Ethereum DApp community and showcases what the ecosystem has to offer.

Technology

Status is built using ClojureScript, React and Golang. You can find our introduction to these languages and rationale for using them here.

Status includes a geth node on your device that uses the Light Ethereum Subprotocol (LES) to validate and sync with the blockchain. It uses Whisper (shh) as its messaging client and aims to integrate Swarm for storage.

Status aims to integrate Swarm for storage.

Developer and Contributor Community

We aim to help anyone who is keen to learn about and/or contribute to the community's effort.

As a community we strive to welcome and encourage those who are (as we so recently were,) new to the paradigm of massively concurrent permissionless peer-to-peer networks.

We approach all contributions with an open mind and a respect for the opinions of our fellow developers.

The Status Development community actively explores and experiments with the latest Ethereum technologies in the ongoing drive to provide the best possible user experience.

We aim to foster an environment conducive to easy, intuitive and consistent learning and one that fosters innovation at all levels.

Security and sovereignty

Status will not compromise the sovereignty and security of user data.

We offer an intuitive entry point into decentralized, encrypted, peer-to-peer networks that is maintained by a large and diverse group of developers.

Beliefs

Status believes in an open internet. Built not only on open protocols, but upon Free/Libre software where the costs (financial or otherwise) of participation are negligible for all.

Status is founded on the belief that communication is at the heart of human social (and economic) life; and that society thrives through direct interaction rather than from intermediation. Status can pave the way towards conversational crypto-commerce.

We believe that systems like Ethereum have the potential to improve the very fabric of our society. Status should solve the problem of giving ordinary people across the globe easy access to the power and promise of Ethereum and Web3.

Status is passionate about Distributed and Decentralised technology in general, and about the advantages of Ethereum’s public Blockchain in particular.

We believe that people should directly control the use of their own personal data, and the history of their social interactions. We imagine the benefits to all of a future where distributed and decentralized applications make proprietary intermediaries and centralised services (which exploit their users) obsolete.

Communication, decision making and control should be clear and transparent to everyone in the community.

Our work is driven by a belief that Ethereum and public blockchains can yield great benefits to society, and access to DApps and Ethereum should be made available to anyone, anywhere.

Core Values

Reciprocity, open-mindedness, respect and encouragement.

The systems we're creating must be open, permissionless, award fair access and Distribute, Decentralise, and Democratise power.

Status is licensed as Free Libre & Open Source software, which allow anyone to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, modify, and distribute the software and any adapted versions.