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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 dmc on Monday June 13 2016, @09:36PM

    by dmc (188) on Monday June 13 2016, @09:36PM (#359625)

    So I ask, How could it have turned out any different?

    That's a stupid question. That's like saying that because each of a hundred different forms of government would all fail to prevent every last murder, that being selective about your form of government is a waste of energy.

    If instead of FCC-10-201 net neutrality spinning some lovely fairly tale about empowerment on the internet, including 'Sir Tim's wonderous invention, they had actually made that fairy tale a reality- Then we could have all been running our own federated home email servers, and when the NSA PRISM architects realized they would have to slurp shit straight out of all of our homes instead of just the Googleplex... Well, it would have been different. Would it have prevented every last murder? No, but it would have been quite different.

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