Arstechnica doing quite the public service in their review of the new Skype,But [Microsoft]''s blog post completely ignores these concerns. Ctrl-F that thing for "privacy" or "security" and no results are found. Similarly "encryption." Nor do we see words like "specification" or "protocol." And in this day and age, it's not clear that any of this is really good enough.http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/07/skype-finalizes-its-move-to-the-cloud-ignores-the-elephant-in-the-room/
Technology is so vastly much greater than a product. For the last decade, as the early web maturitized and productized (was colonized by vast interests), the sell has been "don't think about it!," has been the sales pitch. I don't think privacy and security are themselves compelling enough reason to pitch us people, us consumers back into considering the fine technical facts- the conditions for wide-scale misuse of aggregated data systems is not hostile too us enough, yet, and only some folk are predisposed or attuned to concern themselves with privacy and security- but Ars is still pretty on target here.
Ultimately we should be concerned with mediated vs disintermediated systems because of positive liberties, freedoms to do things we couldn't otherwise do. Freedom from technical subterfuge- a negative liberty- is not as strong a case against the march of cyber-productization that has it feels like almost completely swept us over.