The Lavabit news is huge inside the online community. I have been on the internet since conception back when it was a NASA/Pentagon operation connecting various physics and astronomy and other departments. From day one, the government was most anxious to spy on the scientists many of whom were quite naive about this. I always assumed the government is spying on me online. Not the slightest doubt. But the libertarians who are the core of the internet systems and computer world figured out ways to evade government eyeballs and thus, the alternative web which was secretive, flourished.