Arch Linux Schwag site is back up (a comment on privacy)

By | September 19, 2013

Hey all,

http://schwag.archlinux.ca has been down for at least a week. I’m really sorry about that. I’ve been working on transferring to a new web host and they were having trouble getting all the Python dependencies I needed.

My old host was based in the United States, and while they provided exceptionally good service for the price, I have become uncomfortable with storing any data in the US. The websites are not private, of course. However I am also hosting e-mail on these domains. As a Canadian citizen, I am not covered by the NSA’s (possibly false) claim that they do not spy on US citizens, so I felt that I should store it in my own country.

I don’t do anything that is currently illegal, but I don’t know that these arrogant governments aren’t going to change their laws to restrict my freedoms. I may not be a person of interest today, but I am outspoken about freedom, privacy, and transparency. This is currently legal and acceptable, but that may not always be the case and I want to be proactive about keeping my private data out of the hands of those who would use it against me.

One thought on “Arch Linux Schwag site is back up (a comment on privacy)

  1. Steve Riley

    You might want to educate yourself about “Five Eyes,” an intelligence-sharing agreement between the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Locating online services in any of these nations may not be so wise now.

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