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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, @03:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @03:23PM (#359381)

    Half my days I think about the above and work to protect myself, and think about how I can protect myself better.

    The other half, I act like 99% of internet users and really don't give a damn who knows my browsing habits and why. I am not a terrorist or spy, and I have very very little in my life that I really care about if it became known.

    And 1% of the time, I put major updates on Facebook *** because that is the only location where I know 95% of my friends and family will come to know I've been hospitalized. *** I'm almost Facebook-free, but when everybody else I know is there, then that's where I need to be.

    I think part of that other half comes from my not really knowing what's at stake for me, personally. I'm serious. Imagine for a second I'm no sort of techie, I just likes hearing from my family, sharing things with them, and watching cute kitten pictures on Facebook. What's at stake to me personally / what skin is it off my nose to be the product of FB?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2016, @12:36AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 14 2016, @12:36AM (#359687)

    Alternatively, there's a different reality to behold. One example: bike across the country. You'll quickly realize how unnecessary all of this is, and how small we all are.