“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.
Oddly, if everyone did that, leap off the Internet, the world’s economy would collapse, I suppose. I can’t really hope for that. But for me, the Internet is over.
So this is the last Groklaw article. I won’t turn on comments. Thank you for all you’ve done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you’ll remember me too. I’m sorry I can’t overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can’t.”
What the trolls, and M$ and lots of other bad boys couldn’t do has been accomplished by the US government through its high-handed trampling of the basic human right to privacy. Governments should be serving people, not enslaving them. She responded to the shutdown of Lavabit and the whole Snowden affair the best way she could, by reducing exposure on the Internet. Is this what the USA wants? To shut down the Internet which has been a brilliant contribution to technology? Or was this the scheme from the beginning, to connect everyone so they could be manipulated more efficiently?