Best videoconference platform
Last updated: May 13, 2021

Here's our favorite videoconference platform: Whereby.

Why: Based in Norway rather than Silicon Valley, Whereby is less prone to the security and surveillance problems that plague Zoom.

Business model: Monthly subscriptions.

• Web: whereby.com

Other options

Jitsi: free, open-source video conferencing. Can serve as the basis for other services, like Swiss-based kMeet.

Jitsi Meet vs. Whereby: a good comparison of features between Jitsi, Whereby, and Zoom (Rolf Mistelbacher, April 14, 2020)

Meet.coop, "open source meeting and conferencing tools, running on cooperatively owned infrastructure," powered by BigBlueButton. See also this review in Co-op News (Apr 28, 2021).

Jami, free software for videoconferencing and messaging. Peer-to-peer, not centralized, and end-to-end encrypted.

How to use the Zoom malware safely on Linux if you absolutely have to (Aral Balkan from Better, June 25, 2020)

Zoom Deleter, an open source tool by Sam Lavigne, "continually checks for the presence of Zoom on your computer, and if found, immediately removes it." (Levigne also made Zoom Escaper.)