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28Aug/130

NSA Surveillance Activities Cited as Reason for Groklaw Shut Down

Recent disclosures about National Security Agency activities appear to have ongoing impacts. The ABA Journal reports that Pamela Johnson, the founder and operator of the Groklaw website has terminated operations:

Updated: The founder of Groklaw has decided to shut down the technology blog because of fears its email communications could be subject to government surveillance.

Former paralegal Pamela Jones founded Groklaw in 2003 to cover legal news of interest to the free software and open source community. In this final post at Groklaw, she says [she] made the decision after learning that the government captures emails sent to and from foreign countries, the Atlantic and the Guardian report.

"The foundation of Groklaw is over," she writes. "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." ...

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Allan E. Curlee
AF General Counsel
Associate General Counsel, Installations, Energy & Environment