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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: 2) by Celestial on Monday June 13 2016, @08:52PM

    by Celestial (4891) on Monday June 13 2016, @08:52PM (#359604) Journal

    One of my biggest hobbies is PC gaming, so I'm stuck using Windows 8.1 Pro as, unfortunately, Linux just doesn't cut it there. I have most of Microsoft's servers blocked at the router level as a result. Windows 10 updates are blocked, as are the various telemetry updates. I also have ESET Smart Security and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro loaded on the desktop. I alternate between Cyberfox (Firefox variant) and Chrome as browsers, and use the Disconnect and uBlock Origin extensions on both, with third-party cookies blocked. I use DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine, and StartPage as my secondary search engine. On my iPhone, I use the Purify adblocker and a VPN. I realize I could do more, like use the NoScript extension on Cyberfox, but I honestly don't see the point. 99% of the web sites I visit require JavaScript to run.

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