My current take on least subverted options for digital chat:
- Mastodon, GNU Social, Diaspora (e.g. activitypub)\
- See “honourable mention” below\
- Telegram / Signal / Keybase (centralised but virtuous)
Honourable mention (exciting, but still a bit experimental):
- Secure scuttlebutt
“yuck” - Please don’t make me use:
- FB messenger / whatsapp\
- etc., etc., etc.
I also think it’s really time to revisit human communication technologies as public utility. Seems like this should be a first principle. To be clear I do not mean a “utility” controlled by our emerging fascist democracies, but true public as in developed and maintained transparently in the commons.