While I appreciate and understand all your pointers regarding this, most people simply are not prepared to deal with them. The only "active" social media account i do have is a "dummy" already, but honestly i don't want to delete my chat logs. As for email, i have never used Hotmail or any of its later names under MS, and I use an email client, and don't leave things parked on servers.
Mitigation against an omnipresent totalitarian regime is nice, and honestly, if i were doing anything the gov was actually interested in, i wouldn't use most services and have everything dummy accounts linked to burner devices and never use them near my networks. And sure i can nuke and pave hard drives, but that is a huge pain, especially for most.
The thing is, we'd rather fight this ridiculous government intrusion than have to adopt measures that we surely would if necessary. (And in some ways, it has been necessary for some people for many years already.)
It's great advice, and i and many others have given similar advice, especially in IT fora. But here you are kind of mostly preaching to people who already know, and are more interested in dealing with the faulty system than how to avoid having your private or business info and intimate conversations pawed over my officious morons. At least in this venue.
And the people tasked with this invasion of privacy, organizations like CBP and TSA, contain vast collections of some of the biggest knobs on the planet as personnel. (Of course, not all, everywhere, but odds are not good that these are the ones you deal with.)
Yeah, I want the guys who steal underwear for no apparent reason looking though my email and chat or what have you.
Right to repair has never meant having to cough up individual secrets like encryption or activation keys to unverified people. And that is a fairly easy thing to narrowly address, if it even needs to be addressed.
"Their funding", lol. It is a business. They write articles for other companies to use as internal insight. However much they are paid, they would be the ones with the influence (by providing information, analysis, and ideas), or they would have their contract(s) cancelled.
Sure, they could be writing corporate yes-men blogs, but i don't see how that would last, and it would run rather counter to the articles they write here. And this would be glaringly obvious to the clients.
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