Some time ago, I was sent a link to this extremely useful webpage. It highlights an emergent vision of the web in which it is potentially possible for the user to opt out completely from proprietary software and its government data-gathering programs, including PRISM, and instead to choose free, open-source alternatives that offer protection for individual privacy.

The list offers considerable food for thought for those interested in liberty. Inevitably there must be many differences in functionality and user-friendliness involved in the software comparisons that are being made, as well as opportunity costs and time costs involved in switching. The question now to be asked is does one accept those trade-offs in favour of the prospect of a greater degree of liberty and privacy? Can one really live the free digital life, without compromise?