There is a long-standing geek fantasy of finding a country willing to be the world’s data haven. In return for robust privacy and freedom laws, the country gets to be the in the business of managing the world’s disfavored data. So far, no country wants the job, and efforts to plant a flag on this issue have utterly failed.
If no one country is willing to race to the bottom, data haven boosters could do what every other technology is doing right now: go distributed. We might never convince Kinakuta to be our data Switzerland, but we don’t need to. We have DRM-busting in Poland. We have whistle-blowing in America (and mirrored worldwide). We have private routing in Sweden. And now we have file-sharing in Spain.
These pieces form a private way to free and share data, all using common tools. It’s not perfect and it’s not easy, but you don’t have to wait for the future. Right now, you could cobble together enough parts to broadcast and share almost anything you want with almost anybody who will listen.