Of course, Baran was concerned with redundancy, i.e. with when network nodes are incapacitated.
But distributed networks, especially when coupled with at-rest encryption, also mean that data does not accumulate at centralized locations. It becomes less available for mass surveillance.
This is why a human centric internet must be distributed.
Appropriate at-rest encryption - that is, end-to-end encryption - then ensures that breaching a smaller node does not automatically result in a leak of all data stored there. Only the subset of data for which there exist also compromised keys can be retrieved.
Add appropriate obfuscation techniques, such as avoiding leaks of metadata or mixing junk data in with the real, and the payoff shrinks even further.
This, roughly speaking, is the point of view from which my #interpeerproject operates.
A private instance for the Finkhäuser family.