The owner of Lavabit tells us that he’s stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we’d stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.
My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it’s possible. I’m just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can’t stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I’ve always been a private person. That’s why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.
So the question would be… Is it excessive? Yes, it is to my taste. Is she wrong about it? Hell no. She’s taking action, which is something that very few people have done so far, and for that I tip my hat to her.
Would I do the same? No. There are ways of keeping communications private. Needless to say, they aren’t the mainstream tools or services, but they exist nevertheless. Hence, I feel it’d much more useful to put the energy into improving and promoting these safe communication methods rather than giving up.
Anyway, you should be definitely delighted the country running the clandestine mass surveillance program has a Nobel Peace Prize awarded president who furiously fight for the civil rights day in day out. Just try to imagine how fucked the situation would be if it was otherwise.