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exfiltrate data to foreign countries (where they may be subject to foreign intercept)

If you're, say, a Ugandan dissident would you rather be spied on by the NSA or the Ugandan government? Tunneling all data out of the country may be safer for the majority of people, but maybe I'm falling for the trope of downtrodden poor who are being exploited by their (presumably) oppressive government.

Better that users be spied on by no one (like with Briar or Signal), but digital protectionism like what Russia and China do isn't infeasible.

One is more likely to have you disappear in the night if you share something against their interests, and the other is more likely to bomb your child's wedding if you share something against their interests.

Neither is good, so let's not pretend that one is harmless.

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