EU today decided to postpone a vote of their ridiculous “Chat Control” anti-privacy law. That a government would even consider it is a reminder of the critical importance of distributed, federated systems. A website operated out of Brazil isn’t subject to EU law. A Mastodon server in France can ignore bad US laws. A private mailserver in California doesn’t care about China’s laws.

Huge companies like Meta and Google with international business presences have to follow dumb regulations from around the whole world. You and I do not. This is our strength.