"Summary: Top tech law blogger Pamela Jones draws shutters saying there is no way to do Groklaw without email.
"One of techland's most famous blogsites, Groklaw, is apparently closing down due to the threat of email surveillance.
"Founder Pamela Jones has posted saying she has spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how to continue.
" "And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad," she wrote. "But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how 'clean' we all are ourselves from the standpont of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this."
"Groklaw rose to fame for its coverage of the SCO intellectual property lawsuits against the likes of IBM and Novell. It went on to cover a host of other cases, often defining the interface between open source and proprietary software.
" "They tell us that if you send or receive an email from outside the US, it will be read. If it's encrypted, they keep it for five years, presumably in the hopes of tech advancing to be able to decrypt it against your will and without your knowledge. Groklaw has readers all over the world.
" "I'm not a political person, by choice, and I must say, researching the latest developments convinced me of one thing - I am right to avoid it." "
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