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Listening is the new reading and the Clubhouse is the app of the moment (despite the security problems) – ZAP

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Audio fever has arrived and has a name: Clubhouse. For now, the application is only available for iOS, but promises to win over all radio and radio lovers. podcasts.

A Clubhouse is available on iOS and whoever wants to venture into the enchanted world of audio will need to send an invitation and be accepted into the new app. What distinguishes it from the radio or podcasts it’s the ease with which you can be part of a debate with moderators without needing to call or send a message: just “raise your hand”.

The function alerts moderators of a particular room that you are interested in participating in the debate and it is up to them to decide whether to let you intervene. The rooms, public or private, bring together moderators and listeners around a theme.

Last Sunday, the social network confirmed that it had a data leak. According to Bloomberg, conversations – which users can only hear in real time – were transmitted on other sites, due to a vulnerability detected in the application.

David Thiel, chief technology officer at the Stanford University Internet Observatory, said the data leak was due to a user who did not respect the terms of use of the service, meaning it was not a malicious act. THE intention was not to steal the data of users.

But this vulnerability was not the first one associated with the application and was reported a week after another was reported. The portal The Verge writes that those responsible for Clubhouse confirmed that they would improve their encryption systems, fearing that Agora Inc., a Chinese company that hosts conversation data for the app function, can disclose them to government entities.

Agora Inc. is responsible for the servers that Clubhouse uses, which means it is required by country law to share information that it holds with the Chinese Government. This is especially worrying for users in this country, since, believing that the conversations are not being watched, they will not be afraid of possible repercussions of the communist regime.

The company said that potentially sensitive data is stored on servers in the United States, but the Stanford University Internet Observatory has raised the issue and admits the possibility.

Despite security problems, listening is the new reading and Clubhouse seems to have won over the adult audience, who feels part of a big conference when using this app.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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