There is an interesting and important discussion about HTTP deprecation going on, between Dave Winer and Brent Simmons. Here are some quotes, but you should definitely read the posts. I was a big supporter of HTTPS everywhere, and I still am, but the posts make a good point on deprecating HTTP, which is not the same.

This one worries me a little, and I need to find out more. Since neither of my apps will be sandboxed, it may not be an issue. But it’s a larger issue in the industry and is bound to have an impact on what I do sooner or later. What upsets me about this issue in general is that it’s anti-democratic: it can make writing for the web more expensive and difficult for individuals. As a writer, reader, and open web partisan I dislike everything that shifts power away from people and toward entities with greater resources. What you end up with is corporate speech rather than the voices we know and love and need to hear. This is a complex situation, though. I strongly believe in the right to privacy, and that encryption should be used much more widely than it is today, and that no organizations, official or otherwise, should have back doors. Well. Anyway. More research and thought required on this one. —inessential: Secret Projects Diary #1: Post-WWDC Notes

I would love to see a study of links emanating from Wikipedia that are HTTP vs HTTPS. The equivalent of an environmental impact study that companies are required to create when they want to alter the environment for commercial purposes. # Let’s see if we can even find the owners of those sites to ask them when they’re going to invest the time to support HTTPS. If they don’t understand what’s involved, offer to teach them, see if they are willing to listen, or can even comprehend what’s required of them. How much more will it cost, and do they feel the cost is justified, and will they actually pay? And who will they be paying the money to, that is, who stands to profit from this change?# I suspect you’ll never find a person responsible for most of the content, much less find a plan to migrate to HTTPS. Under the planned deprecation, all those sites will become inaccessible. Why? What’s their crime? And what would be at risk at allowing continued access? (Answer, none and none.) —The People’s Browser

I’m totally on board with defeating the ability of the NSA and your internet provider and everybody else from snooping. I hate this snooping business — it’s anti-American and it makes me sick to my stomach for the future. But I also know that the web isn’t going to switch to https quickly or completely. It’s expensive. To cut off http is to cut off the arms of the body of free speech. —More About http Deprecation