This is going to be one of those posts where I get to piss off the right and the left at the same time. Regarding government officials, non-governmental email and government business, there are multiple things that are true at the same time: First, using non-government email to handle government business is problematic, for several reasons. Second, no one should be locked up for using private email to handle government business. Not Hilary and not Ivanca. Third, if the government wants to prevent people from using non-governmental email as opposed to its own infrastructure, then it needs to update its infrastructure. There’s a reason people choose to use non-governmental email, and it’s because by using non-governmental email they have a lot more choice when it comes to the user interface needed to handle email, and that matters. A lot. Fifth, please stop saying private email. Unless the mail being sent is encrypted at the sender’s and receiver’s end, it’s not private. Sixth, if you think there’s something special under the hood that causes governmental email to work differently than non-governmental email, you are sadly mistaken and I will suggest, (in the friendliest of manners possible), that you go spend some time reading up on email and how it works. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

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