Sadly, I think all of us simply have to think through our own strategy. My own strategy, I suspect, will be to carry some device that will get me online as I travel, and that device will contain no data whatsoever. I'm not so much worried about seizure of data as I am about interruption of my work if I lose my computer. Of course, this threat is probably even greater from thieves. I gather this is the design behind the Lenovo SafeBook.
I wonder if the general public is as concerned about the civil rights aspect as we are?
I've been talking with a bunch of people about this, and the biggest bugaboo most seemed to revolve around was how inconvenient
it would be to have their laptop seized rather than what such a seizure would imply from a civil rights perspective.
Even more alarming, I put the same question to a group of high-schoolers. Their general attitude was that "the government can just do whatever it wants and there's really nothing anybody can do about it."
At that point I had to ask myself what all the tax money I pay to fund a public school system gets used for when it produces disenfranchised attitudes and comments like the ones I was hearing. Then it dawned on me - that is exactly what it's being used for.
Governments, both good and bad, invariably do as much as they think they can get away with. And western democracies tend to believe that a lack of opposition to a policy or action constitutes de facto
approval (i.e. "anybody who does not oppose us agrees with us"). From this perspective, the "will of the people" can be interpreted to include "the indifference of the people" as well.
So I think any strategy ultimately has to involve changing public awareness and attitudes. If you don't, then the government is merely following "the will of The People."
And isn't that what democracy and representative governance is all about?