FOSS developer Christian Schabesberger is looking for programmers for his project to provide the federal German Corona warning app with an open source Bluetooth tracing SDK, so that owners of phones with Google-free operating systems like Lineage or /e/ can use the app too.

Please help Christian! Please help the privacy community!

This project is called CoraLibre:

@pixelcode The problem currently is, that the CWA Devs already declined to not add the Huawei API, even though it's implementing the standard. As long as they don't change theit mind this will be useless effort.

@bionade24 @pixelcode I'm pretty sure that's a question of money. The company got payed for implementing Google and Apple, so that's what they do.
And because it is open source it should be possible for CoraLibre to work just fine with the official CoronaWarn.

@mist @pixelcode You mean they can get a 100% identically API? I would have to read more about the Google API to make a statement about this possibility. But can they really fake Google's java package namespace (or how this is called) ? I'm not sure about that.

@bionade24 @pixelcode Well, to fake the API names is possible, but hard (see MicroG, needs spoofing support in the OS), but isn't needed. When deploying your own fork of CWA you can switch the names automatically. What is needed is, that the API on the Bluetooth Interface stays the same, but this is specified by Google and Apple, Huawei reimplemented it, so why can't the open source community reimplemented it as well?

@pixelcode Don't you realize that people moved to alternative operating systems to prevent being tracked?This totally sucks 👎 I hope at least Blackberry is unimportant enough to stay safe.

@nipos I've got an un-Googled phone myself and I really want to use this app — maybe I can help stopping this terrible and annoying virus. The app doesn't track you. Check the source code. It does not access your location data and does not store any personal details. And if you are infected, it's up to you whether you share this information with the app or not. By the way: It's contact tracing, not tracking.

@pixelcode The most dangerous viruses are stupidity and ignorance 🤦 If such a thing gets accepted once,they'll use it for other shit too and then it's too late to tell everyone that installing it wasn't a good idea,they won't care just like they don't care about Facebook and Google grabbing everyones date.I wonder when the first live map comes out where you can see where everyone is walking currently so that you can actually prevent contact before it happens lol And it doesn't work anyway.You get false positives because bluetooth ranges wider than the virus and you get false negatives when someone doesn't have a phone.Well,at least it's a big win for government surveillance and the panic industry (media) 🙄

@nipos The app does NOT store or submit your location and it's decentralized. Besides it probably won't be very effective, I don't see any reason not to use it (at least the Google-free version if it's ever released).

@pixelcode It enables mass surveillance by making people get used to install government tracking/tracing app.This app might not be the worst one but others may come.Also bluetooth is a security risk on Android 8 and 9 (see Kuketz Blogs latest posts) and even if you're not directly affected,making this thing popular can put others at risk.

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