From the Editor
Pamela 'PJ' Jones: "For Me, The Internet Is Over."
Groklaw Founder bows out once and for all
By: Jeremy Geelan
Aug. 20, 2013 11:45 PM
"[F]or me, the Internet is over," wrote a disillusioned, disenchanted, and disappointed Pamela Jones today, in what she maintains will be her last-ever post to Groklaw, the site she founded in 2003.
"Harvard's Berkman Center had an online class on cybersecurity and internet privacy some years ago, and the resources of the class are still online. It was about how to enhance privacy in an online world, speaking of quaint, with titles of articles like, "Is Big Brother Listening?"
"The foundation of Groklaw is over," Jones declares. "I can't do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate." [my emphasis]
The post ends:
"My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.
Ever the candid impresario of the freedom to be free and of the right to be wrong, Groklaw's charismatic founder concludes, simply, with a note of gratitude to her many thousands of collaborators over the past decade:
"Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too."
Yes, PJ, we will. You can count on it.
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