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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: 2) by cockroach on Monday June 13 2016, @12:25PM

    by cockroach (2266) on Monday June 13 2016, @12:25PM (#359322)

    e-mail providers happily hand over anything to anyone asking

    Just run your own mail server, you might even learn a thing or two.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @01:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @01:18PM (#359344)

    Thanks, Hillary! How's that working out for you?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @02:09PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @02:09PM (#359359)

      he said mail server not POS MS exchange!

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Monday June 13 2016, @04:27PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday June 13 2016, @04:27PM (#359418) Journal

    One thing you will learn is that it's a ridiculous pain in the ass. As one of the oldest services on the Internet you'd think it would have become exceptionally easy, but it's the opposite. It's absurd how hard it is to set up your own email server and keep it secure.

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    • (Score: 3, Informative) by cockroach on Monday June 13 2016, @04:35PM

      by cockroach (2266) on Monday June 13 2016, @04:35PM (#359425)

      I recently did some experiments with OpenSMTP and so far it seems to be to Postfix what Postfix was to Sendmail, i.e. a whole lot less insane.

      Might be worth a try if you think Postfix is a hard to setup / maintain.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:14PM (#359493)

    Another thing you will learn, aside from the ones mention here, is that your email exists in two places: the originator and the recipient. So guess what, unless you never email anyone from yahoo/google/msn et all your email will still be read by them.

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Monday June 13 2016, @08:18PM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Monday June 13 2016, @08:18PM (#359581) Journal

      So guess what, unless you never email anyone from yahoo/google/msn et all your email will still be read by them.

      Wait, sending a single email to such an address allows them to read all my email? Doesn't sound right …

      Anyway, the correct solution against others reading your email is to encrypt it. But that has the problem that you can only do it if the person you exchange mails with also can encrypt/decrypt mail.

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