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[liberationtech] 10 reasons not to start using PGP

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Thu Oct 10 15:17:04 PDT 2013

Just replying to this bit of your reply to me; the rest made sense

On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM, carlo von lynX <lynX at
> wrote:

> If this is still jargony to you, hmmm... you are unlikely to understand
> the risks you are exposed to by using the Internet from day to day.
> These are concepts that anyone in the circumvention business must
> be aware of. You can choose to not read the Guardian article and not
> try to understand what's going on, but then you should better just
> trust that the conclusion is not made up:

No, see that's the thing: *I *get it, but I don't think I'm totally your
target audience (I've been using PGP for years, you're talking to people
who haven't started yet, right?)

You want criticism?  There it is.  Your writing does not work for the
general public.  You write in a way that feels condescending and assumes
that the reader already has a full grasp of why those things are issues.
 On the one hand, you're telling people that PGP is too hard/broken, while
with the other you're expecting them to already understand it/the threat

Also, I have no idea what is meant by the "bull run" comment in that
sentence. If you want your piece to have any reach beyond the English
language, consider tightening up your writing.

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