Re: New years resolution
"In short, you have the same issue that Google and Microsoft have. Your traffic goes everywhere, you'll have to either wrap it up end to end, or accept it can be had."
Indeed. That's where meaningful analysis of modern privacy must start.
It's not like we're going to go back in time to a way of life before surveillance on this scale was both possible and practical. No one WANTS to.
So then what?
The line that "if you got nothing to hide you got nothing to fear" is wrong on all kinds of levels in all kinds of ways. But the rejection of that as a matter of principle doesn't mean it isn't one of the terms we will live under. And it's a deal we make with ourselves.
When Eric Schmidt sings the no hide/no fear song, it's not because he likes things that way and sees nothing wrong with it, it's because he knows it to be true. He's not making an ethical statement but stating a technological fact. And how many are in a better position to know? I'd rather he be candid than coy.
When Google and Microsoft and Yahoo and Facebook play the righteous victims, they deflect attention from themselves in hopes of hiding the fact that what the NSA has been doing in secret, they've been doing in broad daylight. With our enthusiastic cooperation and consent to the terms of service.
It would be easier and less inconvenient to renounce your citizenship, move to a different continent, and adopt a new identify, than to give up Google and never again have your bitstreams intersect.
OK, so what are you going do about it?