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FireChat Integrates Blockstack Login

FireChat is a free peer-to-peer messaging app that allows you to send and receive messages without a direct internet connection or cell service. FireChat has experimented with decentralized (user-device based) and centralized authentication and started exploring blockchain-based logins.

FireChat is adding support for decentralized login with Blockstack.

FireChat has been used in situations where regular internet connectivity is not available or has privacy implications. FireChat has millions of registered users and has been globally used for disaster recovery and privacy use cases, among others. See FireChat featured in the Telegraph, CNN, and BBC.

We’re excited to see established messaging apps like FireChat find potential utility in migrating to a more decentralized architecture for logins. The privacy and censorship-resistant focus of FireChat is a natural fit for a decentralized network like Blockstack. We’ve worked with FireChat developers for several months towards this feature and have scaled the Blockstack infrastructure accordingly.

Instead of using a centralized server for login credentials, FireChat users can use decentralized usernames on the Stacks blockchain and login to FireChat using the Blockstack Auth protocol. The decentralized login functionality has already been rolled out to a subset of FireChat users and will be available to more FireChat users in the coming months. Login with Blockstack is available on the iOS FireChat app using TestFlight. You can learn more about FireChat here.

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Muneeb Ali

Muneeb Ali

Dr. Muneeb Ali is the founder of Stacks, a decentralized network that brings apps and smart contracts to Bitcoin. He serves as the CEO of Hiro PBC, a Public Benefit Corp that builds developer tools for the Stacks blockchain. He has raised $75 million USD in funding from investors like Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Lux Capital, Winklevoss Capital, and others. Hiro (formerly Blockstack PBC) was featured in the CNBC's list of 100 promising startups to watch. Muneeb received his Ph.D. and Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University. His Ph.D. thesis was nominated for the ACM SIGCOMM dissertation award by Princeton University. Muneeb gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton and his research publications have over 1,300 citations. He is one of the main characters in George Gilder's book Life After Google and was a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley.