Groklaw, a decade-old law blog run by Pamela Jones, has the danger of increased email scrutiny. “The owner of tells us that he’s stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we’d stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum,” Jones wrote in a final post.
Equating NSA’s efforts at listening in to world communications to being robbed, Jones writes that she can no longer maintain the site – dependent on emails from readers – without compromising her ability to report on legal information related to the open source movement. The site was seen as a place for “lawyers and geeks” to meet to discuss issues pertinent to programming, networks, and FOSS software.
The response online has veered from the to the . It is sad to see an established and impressive site close up so quickly but, on a post-Snowden Internet, decision-making is swift and strange.