Question: How do you know things are getting bad politically?
Answer: When non-geeks are looking seriously at privacy questions.
Today marks the third time in recent history that a non-geek (a normal computer user, rather than a systems administrator, programmer, etc.) asked or commented about privacy problems in my presence. The first two were immediately after the most recent presidential election. The third was just today. Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times….well – that makes me officially concerned.
So, what did I do about it? I started making some basic changes. The first major one is that, for the first time in years, I’ve published a public key. (The link to my new public key is over on the right-hand menu. Give me a call if you need to verify my key signature.) The second thing I’ve done is added a link to that key in my outgoing mail signature, along with links to software that helps windows users encrypt and decrypt electronic mail.
Why the sudden paranoia? When ordinary people start telling you that they hate and fear their own government, there is big trouble brewing. When incredibly tight elections happen year after year, there is a deep division in the nation’s soul. When generally law-abiding people start worrying about their privacy, it’s time to duck.
Just food for thought…Ta-ta for now.