Privacy for One
Privacy for one makes very little sense. As individual as an individual might be, humans think in groups. We talk, research, and revise ideas together.
I once had super-encrypted email with Tutanota. Nobody could see it, even with a court order, because the emails were persistently encrypted on the server’s disk, and would display unencrypted only in my browser, which had my password cached in RAM.
Then I sent an email to my friends on Gmail, making the entire thing pointless.
I don’t have that email any more, and I don’t have the same beliefs about privacy. We have to look at tech, but better encryption can’t help much when the real problems all stem from centralization.
When all emails rest in a single location, we have one thing that can go wrong before all our thoughts lie naked and exposed to exploitation. If we have 30,000 different email servers, then 30,000 things must go wrong before our private thoughts become public.
For this reason, I want to self-host as much as possible, or host in small places. My little spot of the internet currently rests with my local Haklab. I’m one of three active admins.
In theory, any one of us could go bad and sell people’s data, but since we only have a hundred or so active users, it would be a pointless activity.