Only for people like us. No matter how many security-conscious people you can round up, we still only represent a TINY fraction of actual net users. So sure, we may end up with our own slightly-more-secure methods of communication.. at the cost of isolating ourselves from friends/family that are part of the masses too ignorant/lazy to care.This truly is about to be the death kneel for email. By design mind you.
Same. I didn't think they'd give us up this easy. Us, the ones responsible for their success. I don't know how we climb out of this one without outside intervention.You've never spoke truer words @Aldryic.
I foresaw this wave of tyranny decades ago. I thought however that commercial interests wouldn't want to see the mass destruction and centralization of services. Many small hosts, email hosts, etc. are going to go extinct due to actions by government.
I remember years ago when every town had tons of small ISPs and alternatives. Today, the incumbent monopolies.
Allowing mass consolidation of any form to occur means inevitable extinction of privacy, human rights, fair pricing, etc.
That's what they count on, that we will value our lives too much. As an individual, yes I am prepared. As a husband, a soon to be father, I'm not. I've got a lot of anger and few ideas how to react. All I can do is try to make a contribution to privacy.The only way to stop this is to actively resist FISA orders. That is a dangerous proposition, with the possibility that you will die, as you are challenging the world's largest intelligence apparatus. For many people, that is too risky of a position to take.
But, it is what is necessary. Service providers can choose to either be complicit or to actively resist. Until there is active resistance, it will continue. Are you willing to defy a FISA court order?
This time around, I am. But, it's not so easy to come to that conclusion when you are not prepared to resist them.
Thanks for posting about Bitmessage. It is new to me. Starting to get up to speed and knowledgeable about it.Won't distributed systems like bitmessage eventually render NSA surveillance impotent?
I am not a China expert, but they seem to hinged upon the US for their stability economically. Many economic woes in China. Mass ghost cities sit empty. Tons of poverty (way more people and higher percentage than US which is huge collection of poor people).The US is indiscernible from China these days... except China is developing and the US is rotting.
The difference being, there's more honesty there. There's no "hide behind a smiling elected official" nonsense; citizens are fully aware that they are constantly being watched, and there are no disillusions about the penalties for invoking govt. ire. Ask any semi-knowledgable American about what happens to suspected spies/etc - "They get locked up". Ask a Chinese the same question, and get the real answer - "Best outcome, death".Calling China and the US indiscernible is pretty accurate.
But, prior to near recent times in the US, worst that could happen is being held in contempt of court to fork over info or contempt for failure to "co-operate" with the government. Now, under "laws" they can sweep you away to indefinite detention and hold you incommunicado. Meaning, you effectively get disappeared.Ask any semi-knowledgable American about what happens to suspected spies/etc - "They get locked up". Ask a Chinese the same question, and get the real answer - "Best outcome, death".