Why is privacy so unfriendly? A short rant about privacy ecosystems.

Submitted by elk3i in Privacy

I have multiple devices running Arch Linux with encryption and Tor Browser on top. Recently I've been thinking about decentralization and routing all network traffic through Tor or I2P.

This made me wondering why privacy is so unfriendly? Am I just blindly ignoring all user-friendly options or is it really difficult to get beginners started on privacy?

Don't get me wrong, I think many people would be able to follow guides on installing Linux, etc., but there are no real "install-and-play" options that can be used by normal people. Qubes OS and co may be secure, but are very off-putting and only solve a small part of the problem. You still have no forms of communication, calendar synchronization and so on - convenience gets lost and you have to spend a lot of time researching and setting everything up.

The digital utopia would probably be a completely new ecosystem of decentralized software and protocols. Maybe the Mercury OS concept could be an example of obsoleting the internet as we know it. Companies can't harvest your data if they can only provide data, whilst all the logic and user data is controlled by you.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Am I missing out on some cool project? :o



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vendemiaire wrote

My inexpert take is that most people are satisfied using the default options provided to them by Google, Microsoft, etc. so they don't have any incentive to seriously seek out alternatives, while those who do are already technically-minded people. Thus, the ones who provide them have an incentive to gear their services towards that smaller group, rather than making them as user-friendly as possible. A self-reinforcing divide, maybe?


elk3i OP wrote

I think that's the most important reason why we have to make it more beginner-friendly


shanc wrote (edited )

I'd say Debian plus a VPN and/or Tor is doable for most people. From there they might be able to communicate securely over an encrypted jabber server. Calendars I don't know about because I already use the most secure method - carrying a pocket diary around with me :)

But yeah it's way too hard. Too many people fall down at the Linux install, and I don't blame them.


haystacks_ wrote

Because you're using technologies that were developed and evolved to be the exact opposite of private. They were built to be resilient and open (to a degree, obviously).