Jack Dorsey Announces $1 Million Annual Grant for Signal Private Messenger

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said in a blog post on Tuesday that he will donate $1 million (about Rs. 8 crore) per year to encrypted messaging app Signal, the endowment. The first in a series of grants he plans to make to support “open internet development.”

Social media should not be “owned by one company or group of companies” and should be “resilient to corporate and government influence”. Dorsey wrote in a post on Revue, a newsletter service owned by Twitter.

Back in October, Dorsey To share details the development of the ‘Bluesky’ decentralized social networking initiative that the former Twitter Co-Founder is working on. According to Dorsey, the protocol currently under construction is testing features such as account portability, algorithm choice, and interoperability.

Bluesky will use the ‘Authenticated Transmission Protocol’ or the AT Protocol, Dorsey revealed at the time. According to an official statement, the Bluesky initiative’s AT Protocol integrates ideas from the latest decentralized technologies into a simple, fast, and open network.

At the time, a blog post said that the AT Protocol would allow users to identify themselves using compatible domains like ‘’. These domains will be mapped to cryptographic URLs and protect both user accounts and data.

Bluesky’s AT protocol will also offer ‘Account Migration’, allowing users to move their accounts from one provider to another without the risk of data loss. With the feature, Dorsey says he aims to strip big corporations of control over people’s online identities.

Likewise, AT Protocol’s ‘Algorithm Choice’ will allow Bluesky to break away from the current trend of algorithms specifying what users browse and watch online, across social networks. Instead, users will be offered an open algorithmic marketplace to choose from or choose a ‘no algorithm’ model.

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