Only three days after posting my blog regarding the plight of Google's Chinese customers and how their data is now at the whims of a US-based company and its conflict with the Chinese government, I read about the issues of SourceForge.net and the U.S. State Department's Export lists and how the data stored in a US-based company, sometimes created by non-U.S. based citizens, is now being controlled by U.S. State Department rules.

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14 years 11 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago


I am scary living outside US

Living in Russia, I am feeling scary about all this issues with US-based companies, services and sites. Yesterday I began moving some of my projects from Sourceforge.net to politically neutrally and/or non-US-settled hosting services. Today I am thinking about moving my email systems to anywhere closer to me. Also problems/issues with software exporting have a very long story (for example about well-known PGP system): but hopefully there are quite enough technologies to secure and/or anonymize all your communications. However US government, as I can see, just can tell ISPs to block communications with other countries. And the main thing, that more and more projects appearing are free software and most of them can not be applied by US laws about intellectual property exporting -- yet another benefit of free software.

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