Instead of complying, Lavabit shuts down. Help them out by donating to their legal defense fund.
So now who do we use for email?
The primary business model of the Internet is built on mass surveillance, and our government’s intelligence-gathering agencies have become addicted to that data. Understanding how we got here is critical to understanding how we undo the damage.
For anyone not freaked out about the NSA just having metadata on every email you’ve sent and received in Gmail, make sure you take a look at this little project/experiment some MIT students put together. The graphic you see above is a diagram of who I email, how often I’ve emailed with them and how and if they are related to other people I’ve emailed with. I removed the name labels, but you can view the diagram with names as well. This is approximately 10 years of email. So yeah, just having metadata can tell someone a lot. MIT lets you delete the info. The US government does not.
BTW, something I figured out was that because I had Gmail (on the web) configured to only give access to my 1000 most recent emails via IMAP, I had to remove that limitation in order to give this project access to all of my email.
Watched this last night and was floored. It’s enough to make any reasonable person feel angry and pretty hopeless. I’m not sure what else I’m supposed to feel after watching this except to get more involved in politics.
60 Minutes — Jack Abramoff: The Lobbyist’s Playbook
Without massive overhaul of our current system, we are so completely screwed. Let this be the beginning of the end of the wholesale abduction of our democracy.
WATCH. THIS. VIDEO.