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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an enormous amount of changes in how people work, play, and communicate. By now, many of us have settled into the routine of using remote communication or videoconferencing tools to keep in touch with our friends and family. In the last few weeks we’ve also seen a number of lists and guides aiming to get people set up with the “right” tools for communicating in hard times, but in almost every case, these articles recommend that people make a difficult compromise: trading their freedom in order to communicate with the people they care about and work with.