The short version: if you’ve been using Keybase, you’re not the only one who has received an “airdrop” of the cryptocurrency Lumens (XLM). This is nothing to worry about, and you can safely participate in it or ignore it. It’s Keybase promoting XLM, which is part of their funding model. It seems sketchy, sure, but remember: we’ve always said Keybase was not built for anti-capitalists. However, just like the Internet itself, activists can nevertheless use it to great advantage.
The CLDC continues to recommend keybase.io for activists’ communications. It provides threaded group chat and shared files, both backed by unbreakable* encryption. When used together with cryptpad.fr it’s now possible to replace Google drive/docs! We can help you smooth out any rough edges–just contact us.
Anyway, what matters is that keybase.io is an open source app that uses end-to-end encryption, meaning: Keybase (the company) never has access to your messages or files. All of this has recently been formally verified and audited.
All of this is to say, part of Keybase’s funding model is to help validate recipients of cryptocurrency transactions. Keybase is funded in part by a foundation promoting a particular, not-the-worst, cryptocurrency. The CLDC is somewhat agnostic about the social benefit of cryptocurrencies of all kinds, but at least Stellar doesn’t rely on burning ever increasing amounts of coal to exist. So, go ahead and sign up for the Stellar space drop or just ignore it—but either way don’t let it worry you.
Remember: Encrypted messages or files can be read by someone who steals and/or breaks into your phone or computer. Please always secure your devices (watch for an upcoming post)!