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


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, @12:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @12:36PM (#359331)

    it is terrible!
    if i tell how i do it then other people do it and after
    enough people do, "they" will find a workaround to undo and then i have to start again.

    i think one example is the shitty cloud flare stuff.
    after enough people used (and abused) tor, the websites sought shelter. dubious at most. there might come a time of reconing were your website has a ddos survivable time comparable to a windows xp maschine that is connected to the internet.
    not that "secretly", maybe cloud flare has out sourced the ddos to some hackers using tor ... to the end of driving more customers to their "service"?

    i think three very obvious things one can do are:
    -enable cookies only for websites which are open in a window or tab. nuke the cookies when closing browser, a window or tab.
    -dont stay logged in to big google, facebook etc in one tab and then surf around other sites. do your google/facebook business then logout.
    -disable "referer" in browser. if clicking on a hyperlink on one site the refered-tosite could query where you came from.