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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, @06:12PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:12PM (#359490)

    Riiiiiight, so Ben Franklin started his post office in order to spy for his news paper, but it was only AFTER it was constructed that it was used for spying. Gotcha.

    You haven't disproved the null hypothesis at all, and I don't think you even know what the term means. You must disprove the null hypothesis in order to prove your correlation is causation. You say that non-spies create the coms tech first THEN it's used by spies. However, AT&T and other information conveyance services have been in with the state surveillance apparatus since before AT&T existed, and thus tapped telegraph lines as soon as they were installed. So, disprove the null hypothesis. Prove your statement by providing contrary evidence that innovative tech companies are not rife with spies.

    Take Intel for example. Israeli chip fabrication which has ties to Mossad.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:17PM (#359497)

    Take Intel for example.

    No use talking to idiots, you'll never convince them. The fucking company is named INTEL for fuck's sake and the morons still scoff like the idiots they are. They spies are flaunting it in their faces and laughing at Joe Six Pack's resolve not to see what's right in front of him.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @06:20PM (#359503)

    Just because Intel put cellular radios on their chips allegedly for "anti-theft" protection doesn't mean it was actually meant to facilitate spying... Yeah, it probably was.