The word “cloud” in “cloud computing” is just a euphemism for “some dark bunker in Idaho or Utah.”
More #surveillancestate fallout -- what many of us suspected but now now thanks in no small part to international liberty fighter Edward Snowden.
[I]deas that once looked silly suddenly look wise. Just a few months ago, it was customary to make fun of Iranians, Russians and Chinese who, with their automatic distrust of all things American, spoke the bizarre language of “information sovereignty.” What, the Iranians want to build their own national email system to lessen their dependence on Silicon Valley?.... Look who’s laughing now: Iran’s national email system launched a few weeks ago.
h/t: Hacker News.
And as usual: Richard Stallman was there long before most of us: Who does that server really serve? and Information Consumerism: the price of hypocrisy