But Tox is trying to roll both peer-to-peer and voice calling into one. Tox is actually just a protocol for encrypted peer-to-peer data transmission.
Eventually, they settled on the name Tox, and you can already download prototypes of the surprisingly easy-to-use tool.
The tool is part of a widespread effort to create secure online communication tools that are controlled not only by any one company, but by the world at large—a continued reaction to the Snowden revelations.
"What you want to send over that pipe is up to your imagination." For example, one developer is building an e-mail replacement with the protocol, and Lohle says someone else is building an open source alternative to Bit Torrent Sync.
That said, the core Tox team is focused on building the features specifically required for building a Skype replacement.
This includes everything from instant messaging tools to email services.
It's too early to count on Tox to protect you from eavesdroppers and spies.Today Lohle downplays Tox's relationship to 4chan."We were self-sufficient after only a couple weeks," he says.When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that full extent of the NSA's activities last year, members of the site's tech forum started talking about the need for a more secure alternative to Skype.Soon, they'd opened a chat room to discuss the project and created an account on the code hosting and collaboration site Git Hub and began uploading code."If I'm not in class, or I'm not eating, I'm probably working on Tox, and that's at least the same for probably 10 people." Besides, the lead developer, known only as irungentoo, is completely anonymous, so it would be hard to issue him a paycheck.