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      3 years ago

      All I’m saying is threat model for journalists, in authoritarian states, are way higher than us. Their research can lead them to get jailed or even killed. Their requirement for privacy is not the same as everyone else.

      Everyone needs privacy but not everyone can pay premium for their privacy. Like in real life, privacy and convenience are a compromise. You can pay premium to live in walled communities or be a tenant in a busy apartment complex where most people know about you.

      Google, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter are “free” because it harvests data. There are cheap Chinese smartphones because they can shove ads to its buyers.

      Not everyone can buy premium smartphones, are knowledgeable to prevent tracking, code, or churn up a instance in the cloud to host a Matrix server to talk with their family and friends. For them it’s a compromise of their privacy with the convenience of using a “free” product. Even in an hosted instance of an open-source software, you have to put your trust on the administrators.