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posted by martyb on Monday June 13 2016, @11:13AM   Printer-friendly
from the going-fishing dept.

From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/10/bernerslee_warns_of_spying

Speaking at the Decentralized Web Summit conference in San Francisco run by the Internet Archive, the engineer [Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee] joined other internet notables including "father of the internet" Vint Cerf and Mozilla head Mitchell Baker in discussing how to strengthen the open internet as well as ensure its contents are retained over time.

"The web is already decentralized," Berners-Lee told attendees. "The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one social network, one Twitter for micro-blogging. We don't have a technology problem; we have a social problem."

[...] founder of the Internet Archive, Brewster Kahle: "Edward Snowden showed we've inadvertently built the world's largest surveillance network with the web. We have the ability to change all that."

The conference featured the developers of many tools that aim to retain the internet's decentralized nature, such as Blockstack, Ethereum, Interledger, IPFS and others.

It's not just the World Wide Web, it's the entire internet: your phone reports on your location at all times, apps on it flush contents of your phone to the owners of the app, almost all websites do some sort of tracking (most of them using Google Analytics), e-mail providers happily hand over anything to anyone asking, and the rest is vacuumed up automatically by the NSA.

So with that in mind: how are Soylentils protecting themselves online aside from the usual (i.e. not running javascript or 'use a VPN')?


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @11:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @11:54AM (#359313)

    Last I heard, gossip and entertainment sites were a bigger malware vector than porn sites.

    Wait, there are people frequenting porn sites for other reasons than (a very special form of) entertainment? Or what makes you think porn sites are not entertainment sites?

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by LoRdTAW on Monday June 13 2016, @12:53PM

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Monday June 13 2016, @12:53PM (#359336) Journal

    I watch porn for the dialogue.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:12PM (#359491)

      For me it's the fabulous sets and the special effects that keep me riveted.