Video conferencing

Video chats for groups for meetings and the like. One-on-one services are already easier. In particular most chat clients seem to go OK. Maybe check out someone else’s listing if you want to get in-depth here.

Also Hangouts, Zoom…

Jitsi

Jitsi is open source and free, and the only one here which makes an attempt to protect your data from the company which hosts it. It’s browser based and requires no downloads on desktop.

Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

I would like to know about the moderation features.

Having used it successfully I recommend it; I handles unlimited length meetings unlike commercial competitors. I am told it can in practice handle up to 35-ish participants. It will permit up to 75 to attempt to meet.

Lozya

Lozya is a video conferencing app which also simulates a virtual space in which to conference, so you can hide in a corner and talk with your mates. It is cute but I know little else about it.

Zoom

Zoom seems to be the current default one. it seems suspicious:

Zoom’s privacy page states: "Whether you have Zoom account or not, we may collect Personal Data from or about you when you use or otherwise interact with our Products." This includes, but is not limited to, your physical address, phone number, your job title, credit and debit card information, your Facebook account, your IP address, your OS and device details, and more."

It has been caught covertly tracking you for Facebook. (UPDATE: Fixed when busted.) It actively monitors content in some ill-explained way. There has been such a copious fountain of zoom security gaffes that zoom-bashing feels like a thriving industry in its own right.

As with Skype, you can reduce the harm of this bit of spyware by not using the app, but keeping it sandboxed in your browser. Regardless of such precautions, it, like skype, is not end-to-end encrypted so you should expect your calls to get intercepted by nation-state or other in addition to whatever the company does internally with their data. of the various privacy infractions:

Skype

Skype is elderly video software without any especially useful qualities except for inertia to compensate for its downsides. Downsides include the fact that it is honeypot spyware, that reads your passwords and records your messages for unaccountable american surveillance programs. But you have some colleagues who are determined to use it, of course. You could run it in a docker jail, but it is probably simpler to use the web client. This will still let them monitor your calls, but at least it won’t waste your disk space or require you to install their suspect dumpster fire app.