UN Ditches Big Tech for UK’s Element: A Secure Messaging Revolution for Global Privacy

Ditching Big Tech’s prying eyes, the UN turns to Element for a privacy makeover. Say hello to encrypted chats and sovereign data control! #UnitedNationsSecuresData

Hot Take:

Who knew the United Nations could be so hip and with it? Tossing out Big Tech like last year’s flip phones, the UN’s International Computing Centre (UNICC) is now cuddling up with Element for that sweet, sweet encrypted messaging goodness. In a digital age where privacy is as rare as a quiet moment on Twitter, the UN’s move is like choosing a cozy cabin in the woods over a glass house smack in the middle of Times Square. Talk about a privacy upgrade!

Key Points:

  • The UNICC is ditching Big Tech apps for the UK-based encrypted messaging platform, Element.
  • Element’s Server Suite dazzled the UN with its end-to-end encryption and digital sovereignty, which is like having a digital Fort Knox for your data.
  • The platform will be self-hosted, offering the UNICC the digital equivalent of a Swiss Army knife for their communication needs.
  • From emails to video calls, all UN communications are now flowing through Element’s secure channels.
  • This move mirrors a broader trend as Sweden’s public sector and Germany’s Open-Desk initiative have also given Big Tech the cold shoulder.

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UN's New Digital Bouncer

Imagine the UNICC as the biggest, toughest bouncer at the hottest club in town, only instead of dealing with rowdy partygoers, it's tossing out nosy Big Tech apps left and right. After half a century, it's out with the old and in with the new, as Element steps onto the dance floor. With the UN's secrets at stake, Element promises to be the strong, silent type, offering end-to-end encryption and that all-important digital sovereignty. Finally, the UN can pass notes in class without anyone else reading them.

Geek Speak for the Win

Now, let's talk encryption and digital sovereignty because nothing gets the party started like a bit of tech lingo. Encryption is like whispering in code, and digital sovereignty is akin to having the keys to your very own digital kingdom. Element's CEO, Matthew Hodgson, is basically saying, "Here are the keys to your new encrypted castle, UN. Have fun storming the castle!" With a few clicks, the UNICC is ready to self-host and manage their own secure digital fortress, leaving Big Tech's prying eyes out in the cold.

A Secure Love Affair with Apps

As we mark our calendars for April 22, 2024, the UN's digital landscape is getting a full makeover. Element isn't just securing written communications; it's also putting a ring on VoIP and video conferencing. With self-hosting through an Element Enterprise subscription, the UNICC gets to play with all sorts of cool toys like advanced identity access and ninja-level auditing and reporting. And because they love to share, these apps are available for all your devices, from iOS to Android to Desktop.

Joining the Club

The UN isn't the only one ghosting Big Tech. Sweden's public sector and Germany's Open-Desk are also swiping left on mainstream apps. It's like a digital exodus, with governments and organizations seeking sanctuaries for their data. They're all singing the same tune: why let a tech vendor crash your party when you can have exclusive rights to your own data disco?

The Digital Rights Champion

And let's not forget Chiara, the multimedia journalist and digital rights defender, who's out there fighting the good fight. She's keeping us informed about the crossroads of cybersecurity, politics, and the digital marketplace. If you've got the inside scoop or some tech gossip, Chiara's your go-to for getting the word out and keeping the digital world just a little bit safer.

So, there you have it, folks. The UN's digital pivot might just be a sign of the times, where privacy is not just a luxury but a necessity. Now, if only I could figure out how to get end-to-end encryption on my pizza delivery orders...

Tags: Data Privacy, digital sovereignty, Element app, Element Server Suite, encrypted messaging, UNICC, VoIP and video conferencing