Last month, Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) and Stuart Anderson (@emblem__) from Whisper Systems joined our team at Twitter. Today, we’re happy to announce our plan to open source some of the Whisper Systems software on Github.
If you follow what’s going on at Twitter, you hopefully know we are heavy consumers and producers of open source technology (@TwitterOSS); we love the stuff! That said, we also believe that open source is not something to do on a whim.
Before we fully release Whisper Systems’ code to the public in the coming months, we need to make sure it meets legal requirements and is consumable by the open source community. The plan is to open source the code in an iterative fashion, starting today with TextSecure, which provides support for encrypted texts on Android devices. We hope individuals will continue to find it useful and build upon it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please use the Whisper Systems mailing list.
We look forward to seeing what the community builds around the Whisper Systems open source contribution.