I think governments should run a publicly owned non-profit email service. It’s weird that you need an email address to do all sorts of governmental things like pay your taxes and so on, but the only providers are foreign commercial companies and they usually run on a business model of data-mining and advertising. And email is used for all sorts of important authentication. Why are we not worried about this?
@bpeel I've been saying for ages that I think the post office should have a tax payer run email service which is free from profit, advertising and any usage other usage of my data.
Not sure why that never happened. I hate having to trust private companies which by definition need to turn a profit which muddy their motives for handling my post (albeit electronic).
@bpeel My grandparents used to get their internet service and email from the local phone cooperative (this was Vermont). Legalizing and incentivizing municipal broadband would be a way to get us closer to your goal
@bpeel Same about cell phone services. Here I can't open a bank account without one or do things of similar nature. So even that I never use one, I need one to function with society's institutions.
@bpeel the question is, who do you trust more? Should emails have the same privacy protection than postal mail? (Yes)
Cynicisms aside, you are 100% right.
@bpeel I understand your concern, and people who are not able to provide their own email should be offered affordable alternatives. I would suggest offering subsidies for people to pay for a reliable internet/email service, and/or
local companies providing these services.
For myself, I would never consider using a centralized government email service, but I'm also in the (rare?) position of being able to run my own email infrastructure on my own servers.
@bpeel Germany actually tried something like that in the 00s but it was a bureaucratic poorly implemented mess
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