What de-mail offers
Let's go over the feature list again:
– 39c per email.
– Delivery receipt as soon as the mail lands in the recipient's email box (regardless of whether or not it is read)
– Communications are done over SSL and messages are encrypted with a digital certificate
– Two-step authentication, which can optionally be turned off
– You need to present your ID to get an account.
– Communications coming from this account to government are legally recognized as coming from you.
Help? Why do I need one!
For public communications, I'd expect communications to take place via public means in the first place. There are things like RSS feeds, mailing lists, social networks, and plenty of other public channels on which you can address a particular audience. I expect this to be 90% of communication the government may be interested in sending to me.
For communications that only I should receive, I'd much prefer integration with my existing email acount. It already can handle return receipts, SSL, digital certificates, and doesn't cost me 39c per mail.
An open society needs open yet secure protocols, not additional restraints and hurdles by gatekeeper organizations. And it's high time that government caught on to that and make digitalization plans that allow for transparency and citizen control.
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