[Cryptography] "Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Fri Apr 3 12:06:01 EDT 2020

In article <E1jKCgw-0008rD-ET at elasmtp-mealy.atl.sa.earthlink.net> you write:
>The compositing must now be performed by the end users, who now
>receive *all* of the feeds, but they indicate whether they want
>the hirez or lorez video feeds depending upon who is *talking*. 
>(The decision about who is talking must be a decision by perhaps
>the host machine, which can "see" all of the client machine's
>video/audio feeds.

I think the compositing happens in the Zoom client now.  You can
switch among modes that show a mosaic of people and one that has a big
picture of the speaker and mosaic of other people, with the mosaics
all scrollable in large conferences.  The switching seems instant to
me which suggests that the client is doing it.  The background
substitution definitely happens in the client since they disable it if
your computer isn't fast enough.

It's pretty clear that Zoom thought of their market as B2B where the
image and other processing are managed by contract rather than by
technology.  Now they're finding that a lot of their new users, and
some of their surprised old users, don't like that.

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