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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 datapharmer on Monday June 13 2016, @01:35PM

    by datapharmer (2702) on Monday June 13 2016, @01:35PM (#359351)

    Hey moderators this story makes some good points, but just scratches the surface. How about some follow up stories explaining tools such as Blockstack, Ethereum, Interledger and IPFS in more details. How do they work, why do we need them, and what are their strengths and weaknesses?

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday June 13 2016, @02:25PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 13 2016, @02:25PM (#359365) Homepage Journal

    That's a great idea, datapharmer. Are you up to submitting any of those? If so, please do.

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    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday June 13 2016, @04:29PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday June 13 2016, @04:29PM (#359422) Journal

      Yeah I would second this. It's a clear need. If you have links/stories to help the rest of the community out, submit them. Truly.

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