Fears of Surveillance Shutter Legal Technology Blog

The founder of the legal technology blog Groklaw has decided to shut down the service over fears that email communications could be subject to government surveillance. Former paralegal Pamela Jones founded Groklaw in 2003 to cover legal news of interest to the free software and open source community. In her final post Jones says she made the decision after learning that the government captures emails sent to and from foreign countries. Groklaw won the most reader votes in its niche in the ABA Journal’s 2012 Blawg 100. Jones says in the final post that she is now using an email service in Switzerland, where the laws offer greater privacy. ABA Journal links to several sources for the story.