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Sep 02, 2020

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AMA, Beta Production, and Choosing an Open Source License

by Stuart Schechter

Please join our AMA (ask me anything) TODAY September 2nd at 5PM eastern, 2PM pacific, which is 6AM the next morning at DiceKeys HQ (KST). Select attendees will be invited to participate in our beta program and receive free beta hardware.

We currently have about 20 questions queued up for the first half of the session, which I’ll try to answer with lightning speed so that we can open it up for a lot more.

Beta DiceKeys Have Arrived in the USA

Our first set of beta DiceKeys have landed in Chicago, cleared customs, and should be at the loading dock of the ShipBob distribution center roughly at the time of our AMA. I hope to get them in the mail to our beta testers next week.

I’ve been a little nervous about this batch since I am also awaiting my first sample unit from it. The main change since the version in our video is that the hinge should now ensure that the lid can only go on in the correct direction.

Help Us Choose an Open Source License

We just made all the projects that make up the DiceKeys app publicly visible. These include the DiceKeys app you see at https://dicekeys.app, which is written in TypeScript, the low-level c++ code that scans DiceKeys, and the TypeScript/JavaScript wrappers for that scanning code.


Before we can fully open source these projects, we need to choose a license. We are choosing between the MIT license, under which we have already released our cryptography libraries, and a candidate "Right to Privacy" open source license that forbids the use of this code in such applications as stalkerware and government surveillance. We believe all software developers have an an obligation to consider whether they code they write — including code intended to help protect people — could have "dual uses" in applications that violate others’ human rights. While we are unable to anticipate how any of our technologies are particularly valuable for violating others’ rights, we cannot be certain they do not exist.

If you have thoughts on this choice, please contribute them either by submitting an issue to the repository for the candidate license or by emailing us at license@dicekeys.com.

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