It’s no secret that over the past two years we’ve been developing highly secured communications and infrastructure services for news organizations and journalists.

So, when Fourth Estate needed a highly secure application for group messaging for our global editorial and technical staff we made our own — layered on top of existing trusted open source solutions — and we added our own block-chain encryption element for good measure.  

The app needed to allow us to communicate and collaborate with teams, share files, chat in real time or switch to video/audio conferencing and even have highly secured “Off The Record” end-to-end (E2E) encrypted communication.

The result is a secure communication platform that doesn’t have the myriad of risk that comes with proprietary or off-the-shelf applications such as Slack.

It’s hosted on the, in countries that have strong free press and privacy protections, and it uses our own zero-knowledge DNS servers.

So let me introduce