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  • Announcing our rebrand to Deadswitch

    • Updates
    • by Deadswitch Team
    • 03-11-2019
    37.13 of 15 votes

    Today, we announced in an email to our customers that we’re rebranding! As part of our rebranding strategy, we will be changing our name from Elpis to Deadswitch. We’re excited to finally be able to share this update and our rationale behind the change. Why the change? Over time we’ve noticed some ambiguity surrounding the dead man’s switch label. This often prompts the question of what one is, how it works, and why one might be needed. Admittedly, the Elpis name does little to simplify context. Whilst Elpis attached a symbolic backstory to the services we offer, we felt it lacked the necessary relevance to present that meaning in a straightforward and understandable way. Deadswitch is a clipping of the polysyllabic word Dead Man’s Switch. We believe this conveys a simpler representation of the services we offer, which in turn enables us to penetrate a wider market, reach a larger audience, and resonate better with those that need our services most. What happens now? For the most part, business as usual. Our services will continue running normally. Any branded assets pointing at elpis.org.uk have already been migrated to deadswitch.com and our DNS records have been updated to reflect this. The former elpis.org.uk (and elp.is shortlinks) will continue to operate as redirects until 25/12/2019. If you have previously shared an active switch URL, we recommend you update these before then. This is particularly important if you aim to extend your switch expiry time beyond the redirect expiry deadline, as we cannot guarantee availability of Elpis URLs after this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out via our contact form.

  • Our private beta is under way!

    • Updates
    • by Deadswitch Team
    • 13-06-2019
    4.00 of 11 votes

    For those of you patiently following our hard work, we’re happy to announce that our first private beta has now launched. This testing phase is driven by hand-picked beta participants and aims to help us identify any performance related issues with our web app prior to public release. The feedback we gather during this stage will be crucial in enabling us to further our project development in a safe and secure way. Once we've had an opportunity to identify and fix any potential bugs on our platform, we will be ready to launch the public beta. When ready, this version will naturally contain a plethora of new features. Besides being able to create your own dead man’s switches and deploying them in the cloud, you can also look forward to iOS and Android mobile apps for receiving notifications, a fully functional web API, and a few other useful tools made by the Deadswitch team, to follow and deploy right away. We’re happy that Deadswitch continues to progress every day and look forward to opening our platform for future adoption by those that need it most. Our goal from the outset has been to protect data custodians and improve the availability of factual information within the public space. Launching our private beta is the first of many steps in that journey. If you would like to pre-register your interest and receive updates regarding the platform, please consider subscribing here.