As an ex pat this is something I've been aware of for a while but this is a great summary. The shocking part is how similar the UK conservatives are to corrupt ANC. Seriously how far off the privatisation of railroads, post office and the like is this logic.
Social infrastructure should be handled by the government and NGOs. Any private involvement by definition requires profit which is obviously negative for users and social investment.
These companies aren't taking a risk. The government will pay all the costs and the we as users pay again to use the service.
Personally, I hate the fact that none of these are truly cross-platform and that they can't talk to each other. Some of them might be secure, but others definitely aren't, and figuring out who's using what is a crapshoot.
So there's good 'ol XMPP (what most of these were probably based on). Linked below are detailed instructions to get set up on DukGo. Use it on whatever XMPP client you can get your hands on - Pidgin (https://www.pidgin.im/download/) is great for Desktop, Xabber (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xabber.android) and ChatSecure (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.guardianproject.otr.app.im) for Android, and ChatSecure (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chatsecure-encrypted-secure/id464200063?mt=8) for iOS. If someone can let me know what's available for BlackBerry, that'd be great, but I'm sure there has to be something by now.
I'm there, so you can add me (using my usual Interwebs handle - send a carrier pidgin if you can't figure out what that is).
Why? Short answer: web-build.
Needless to say the process of moving from GM8 to GM:S is not easy. Horrendous pain in the ass comes to mind actually. But there are some rare occasions when it is all worth it.
Like having a bug make the entire game opaque. What wonderful screengrabs!
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