Groklaw legal site is the latest victim in NSA privacy revelations

By on August 20, 2013, 2:30 PM
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It was really only a matter of time before other sites and services joined the ranks of Lavabit and Silent Circle. The latest victim of the fallout from Edward Snowden’s public disclosure of various NSA spying programs is Groklaw, a site dedicated to technology and law. It’s being shut down effective immediately.

Found Pamela Jones penned a lengthy post on the site early this morning explaining the decision. After researching the revelations that have surfaced over the past few weeks and taking Lavabit founder Ladar Levison’s advice to stop using e-mail if we knew what he knew about it, she decided to do just that.

Jones said there simply is no way to continue to operate Groklaw without e-mail because user input is the basis of the site. It ends today as she said this would be the last article posted and comments were disabled.

Furthermore, she plans to “get off of the Internet” to the degree it is possible. The idea of staying active online while knowing privacy is impossible is simply no longer an option for her. She said she opened an e-mail address with Kolab, a server based in Switzerland that is under different laws than those in the use. Otherwise, it’s the end of the line for her.

Groklaw got its start some 10 years ago and is well known for its in-depth coverage of technology law. The site specialized in software patents, open source software and privacy issues.

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