I’m surprised no one else has said it, but I don’t think this statement is necessarily accurate.
Privacy and security are at the heart of how and why this technology is being developed, and so those who are passionate about it are, of course, the ones to get involved at such an early stage. And it IS and early stage. Fan site? Sure.
But the point is, that freedom is popular. People do the stupid stuff they do with facebook, google, etc., because they are free to make connections and do neat stuff. Privacy and security tend to take a back seat to freedom. But people do care about privacy and security, even if not so much.
My point is that people don’t have to have privacy as their first concern to get involved with the SAFE Network when it is up and running. It’ll be liberating in a number of ways. It will allow people to exercise freedom in many ways they hadn’t thought of, WITH privacy.
It will allow them to run software on their spare computer resources and make, at least, spare change.
Those who frequent this site are those who see the bigger vision that is possible. Is it a certainty? No.
Do we know how it’s actually going to play out in detail? Of course not.
Are those here more concerned about privacy and security than the majority of the population? Absolutely.
Will everyone who finds the network attractive, after it is up and actually working, have privacy as a high motivation above functionality? Not everyone, I think, but a lot. (Look at the millions of users of Tor.)
Will use and improved functionality combined with lack of mass snooping, lack of identity theft, cutting out the excess middle men in general, lack of censorship, the unkillability of the network once it gets running, etc., etc., start to snowball into a rush to privacy, security AND freedom that the network is hoped to provide? Most here think it likely, I think. I certainly see that potential myself and that’s why I’m involved.
So, no, privacy doesn’t have to drive mass adoption of itself. That’s part of the problem with the privacy solutions available today: They come at too high a price in terms of the freedom to act, and people think justifiably that it’s not effective to try. I’m enthusiastic because not only do I value privacy and security, as well as freedom, but I want all three as the default for everyone who wishes to take them.
If the technology functions to a decent percentage of what is planned, there are more than enough to make it happen, I’m sure. Snowballs start slowly and later get big and fast.
Welcome to the small snowball at the edge of a steep slope.
See you at the bottom.