Signal is the good guy among messengers – and Meredith Whittaker is the woman behind it. How she ticks, why she has always been interested in power and how she protects her own privacy.
Meredith Whittaker worked for many years as a manager at the tech group Google, but she is anything but Techie. “I’m not interested in technology as an end in itself,” she says in an interview at the Berlin digital conference Republica. “I took the job at Google because I was broke. I needed money.” The literary scholar has nevertheless made a career in the tech industry. The American is now President of the Signal Foundation. This is the non-profit organization behind the popular Messenger Signal. Signal is different from Whatsapp, which belongs to the Facebook group Meta, which collects data, and also different from Telegram, which also gives conspiracy tellers a digital home. Signal is considered the good, people-friendly messenger that is fully encrypted, collects no data and thus respects the privacy of its users. And the face and most importantly the voice of this messenger is Meredith Whittaker.