This is really terrific news for the privacy conscious and open source community – Mozilla is joining the Matrix, the new protocol for open, decentralized, encrypted communication.
The Matrix protocol aims to create a global decentralized encrypted real-time communications network that provides an open platform similar to the Web.
One general (and major) appeal of Matrix is that it works seamlessly between different service providers by supporting what is known as “bridging messages” from different chat applications into the “Matrix rooms”. These bridges currently include popular communications apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, Signal, Skype, Facebook Messenger, etc. In laymen’s terms, you can add your favorite communications apps to Matrix for better (and ultimate) privacy protection.
The Matrix community, admittedly still in its infancy but with huge potential, is understandably thrilled in welcoming onboard Mozilla, the “champions of the open web, open standards, not to mention open source”. The Matrix protocol is currently using the “riot.im” interface, which is hindering its appeal to the masses. Hence the introduction of Mozilla will be crucial for its development.
If anyone asks what is the safest way to communicate, or which is the safest communications apps these days – like “Is Telegram still safe?” – the Matrix protocol is probably the answer going forward.