I was about to reply to a thread about email alternatives, just when it got locked...
Not sure why it got locked, but I spent enough time on the reply I was making to /u/sudo posting about Riseup.net as an alternative email service to justify posting it somewhere.
I like Riseup because they have the best statement of purpose. Here's a snippet from their about page about it:
The Riseup Collective is an autonomous body based in Seattle with collective members world wide. Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with freedom from want and freedom of expression, a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.
We value, support, and engage in struggles for human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability. We join in the fight for freedom and the self-determination of all oppressed groups. We oppose all forms of prejudice, authoritarianism, and vanguardism.
We organize on the basis of autonomy, mutual aid, resource sharing, participatory knowledge, social advocacy, anti-oppression work, community creation, and secure communication.
We work to create revolution and a free society in the here and now by building alternative communication infrastructure designed to oppose and replace the dominant system.
We promote social ownership and democratic control over information, ideas, technology, and the means of communication.
We empower organizations and individuals to use technology in struggles for liberation. We work to support each other in overcoming the systemic oppression embedded in the use and development of technology.
They are also not just an email service, but they offer other services like:
- we.riseup.net — private wikis and group collaboration.
- pad.riseup.net — real-time collaborative text editor.
- share.riseup.net — file upload (pastebin and imagebin).
- Riseup Black — vpn services
The footer in their page says:
This site is run by Riseup, your friendly Ⓐutonomous tech collective since 1999
Ok, I may have expanded a bit on my original reply.
I personally am a super fan of these aspects of their organization.
EDIT: How could I forget a donate link? Please donate!