The legal discussion forum Groklaw is the latest web service to shut down out of concern over the NSA’s surveillance program — and the latest sign of how much we are losing due to the chilling effects of that government behavior.
Pamela “PJ” Jones, the proprietor of Groklaw, is shutting down operations in the wake of the Lavabit secure email service closure. Groklaw, which was originally set up to cover the long-running SCO v. Novell trial but went on to facilitate discussions around all sorts of open-source and patent issues, relied partly on anonymous user tips. Jones said email could no longer be trusted, and said she was personally trying to get off the internet as much as possible.
Bitcoin’s recent popularity has brought new rumors about the true identity of its founder, Satoshi Nakamoto. It may be time to respect his privacy and focus on his work instead.