Messaging apps have made the communication between people effortless. Yet, as users, we have come to learn to take claims like “full privacy guaranteed” and “protected with encryption” with a grain of salt. Now, some companies are turning to blockchain to better protect user data and to keep information such as users’ private conversations, well, private.

Chinese serial entrepreneur Steve Wei and his team have built a distributed network, TelOS Protocol or TOP Network, for communication services such as messaging, calling, streaming, virtual private network (VPN), content delivery network (CDN), and IoT data sharing.

The Silicon Valley-based startup’s mission is to create a permissionless network that prioritizes privacy and security of online communication and shield users’ data from the reach of powerful third parties or hackers.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.