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posted by cmn32480 on Friday March 18 2016, @06:18AM   Printer-friendly
from the like-AOL-in-the-good-old-days dept.

There's a a growing trend to close off publishing platforms by demanding a login in order to view the content. Which is a move away from an open web. In December 2015 Facebook launched its own in-app browser, which is basically a web-view that loads links you tap on using the Facebook app. It may provide convenience for some but the primary goal is to keep users inside the application longer. This opens up more advertising exposure and associated revenue. This poses a challenge to the open web because this overrides the user's default mobile browser keeps the eyeballs in a closed ecosystem. The feature Instant Articles for publishers is done such that it loads articles available nearly instantly in the app compared to a mobile browser. This opens up for monetizing viewing and privacy invasions by Facebook on users. The in-app browser lack decent privacy controls.

Facebook is trying to accomplish a closed version of the internet. The Free Basics initiative with Facebook as the gatekeeper offers users free access to select websites. This initiative made privacy advocates in India, who play an instrumental role in the makeup of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to vote on 2016-02-08 that all data pricing must be equal, and that companies cannot offer cheaper rates than others for certain content. The decision favours net neutrality and essentially bans Facebook's initiative in that country. The Indian TRAI ruling states that pricing must be content agnostic. Facebook has become a monolithic platform that tries to mimic existing services by offering video uploads (YouTube), money transfers (PayPal) etc. Facebook is expanding like a invasive species similar to the Borg from Star Trek trying to absorb everything that touches their sphere of interest.

In the future, could resistance be futile because you will miss out essential information?


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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Friday March 18 2016, @07:50AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Friday March 18 2016, @07:50AM (#319901) Journal

    The internet != the web.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday March 18 2016, @08:03AM

    by c0lo (156) on Friday March 18 2016, @08:03AM (#319908) Journal

    The internet != the web.

    Ah, you still dial into a BBS for your daily porn needs?

    Maybe it's time someone tell ya that since you last looked on the Web, there are a huge number of Web sites dedicated to it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 18 2016, @09:08AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 18 2016, @09:08AM (#319918)

      I believe one can find nearly anything out there.

      Even my favorite: Sthenolagnia

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Friday March 18 2016, @01:34PM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Friday March 18 2016, @01:34PM (#319972) Journal

      Ah, you still dial into a BBS for your daily porn needs?

      BBSs were not the internet. But the internet predated the web, and still is far more than the web.

      And no, I don't have daily porn needs. But if I had, I'd probably first check if the binaries newsgroups still exist. There might also be some torrents available.

      Maybe it's time someone tell ya that since you last looked on the Web, there are a huge number of Web sites dedicated to it.

      And from what I hear, they usually infect your computer with malware, too. Something not that easily possible with alternative sources using protocols without scripting support.

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      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 18 2016, @09:11PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 18 2016, @09:11PM (#320172)

        Disk-less virtual machine from a LiveCD. What's wrong with you?