Re: Damned Authoritarian Governements
Sadly, both already have. China has blocked pretty much every communication app under the sun. What remains has a direct phone home to a Chinese government-controlled set of servers, and of course no encryption. Russia has mandated the same in law, but because they have less technical capabilities, they haven't gotten it yet. However, they are actively blocking Telegram after it refused to assist the Russian government in decrypting users' messages.
I know you were going for the "look at the west; they're bad too", but the western spy agencies are still trying to get the law to give them the power to demand companies assist them. Russia and China already have. I don't say this to support the surveillance systems supported by the west, but Russia and China are not being attacked by a hypocritical west; they're the disaster we are headed to.