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Theme fund: NGI Assure
Start: 2022-12
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KDE Connect

KDE Connect discovery and transport protocol improvements

KDE Connect allows devices on a local network to discover each other and, after an initial pairing process, exchange data over an encrypted connection. Leveraging this abstraction, the KDE Connect desktop and phone apps provide cross-device syncing features like sharing files, notifications, input devices, multimedia controls and more.

There are multiple independent implementations of the KDE Connect protocol written in C++, Java, Swift, Javascript, and more; as well as various applications using the protocol targeting different operating systems.

The aim of this project is to reimplement KDE Connect's discovery process and transport protocol, which were shaped by the limitations of the smartphones of 10 years ago, using multicast and modern TLS.

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This project was funded through the NGI Assure Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 957073.