Will We Stop Using The Internet?

Another US based website has closed its doors. Groklaw has decided to shut down operations.

Now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write.” — Pamela Jones, Groklaw founder. Here’s her farewell post.



groklaw-logoIs it possible we are, for the first time, witnessing a “backing away” from the Internet since it was introduced?

Pamela Jones, Groklaw founder thinks so and writes; “But for me, the Internet is over.””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.”

It seems to me that the US government is unexpectedly destroying a market that most US based companies rely on to grow their business and profit – for the sake of national security.

First to leave was Lavabit on August 9, 2013, and owner Ladar Levison writes; “This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.”
Interestingly, the US Government responded by threatening him with criminal charges.

Lavabit, and now Groklaw, a technology legal news website – what’s next?

What about Canada?

Additional reading:
Groklaw last post before shutting down
The New Yorker: NSA and it’s targets
TechDirt: Feds threaten to arrest Lavabit founder

About the Author

Guy is an experienced technician and technical writer, owner of Foreverwarm Consulting Inc. He writes for multiple blogs, while managing IT support, web hosting, and cloud backup services.

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