Peter Sunde borrowed the Swedish word Heml.is for “secret” to name the app. The developer wants to make sure it lives up to its name, and this is why end-to-end encryption was employed to help the users’ communication remain safe from any third party surveillance. It looks like Peter was inspired to develop such an application because of the recent revelations in the media related to the monitoring and surveillance practices of the American and British governments.
In the meantime, the ex-spokesperson of The Pirate Bay further explained the idea of the application in a video, mentioning the scandal which recently made the headlines (PRISM) – a clandestine national security electronic surveillance program which hacked into major Internet companies’ information and accessed people’s emails and documents.
The designers of Heml.is claim they love the worldwide web, social networks and the power it provided for sharing and social connections. However, they don’t like the fact that private communication has turned into an open stream for corporations and governments to spy on.
The app set a goal of $100,000 for crowdfunding. At the moment, the donation counter confirmed that it’s halfway there with over $50,000. People who make donations will be able to access the extended features of the app like sending image messages and other stuff. In addition, pre-registration of username will let people register their usernames prior to app release. Peter Sunder is going to offer the app’s basic functionality for free, but charge for extra features.