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posted by martyb on Wednesday October 12 2016, @01:42PM   Printer-friendly
from the just-run-your-OWN-facebook-at-home dept.

The original purpose of the web and internet, if you recall, was to build a common neutral network which everyone can participate in equally for the betterment of humanity. Fortunately, there is an emerging movement to bring the web back to this vision and it even involves some of the key figures from the birth of the web. It's called the Decentralised Web or Web 3.0, and it describes an emerging trend to build services on the internet which do not depend on any single "central" organisation to function.

So what happened to the initial dream of the web? Much of the altruism faded during the first dot-com bubble, as people realised that an easy way to create value on top of this neutral fabric was to build centralised services which gather, trap and monetise information.

[...] There are three fundamental areas that the Decentralised Web necessarily champions: privacy, data portability and security.

Privacy: Decentralisation forces an increased focus on data privacy. Data is distributed across the network and end-to-end encryption technologies are critical for ensuring that only authorized users can read and write. Access to the data itself is entirely controlled algorithmically by the network as opposed to more centralized networks where typically the owner of that network has full access to data, facilitating customer profiling and ad targeting.
Data Portability: In a decentralized environment, users own their data and choose with whom they share this data. Moreover they retain control of it when they leave a given service provider (assuming the service even has the concept of service providers). This is important. If I want to move from General Motors to BMW today, why should I not be able to take my driving records with me? The same applies to chat platform history or health records.
Security: Finally, we live in a world of increased security threats. In a centralized environment, the bigger the silo, the bigger the honeypot is to attract bad actors. Decentralized environments are safer by their general nature against being hacked, infiltrated, acquired, bankrupted or otherwise compromised as they have been built to exist under public scrutiny from the outset.

In the Web 3.0 I want a markup tag that delivers a nasty shock to cyber-spies...

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  • (Score: 2) by julian on Wednesday October 12 2016, @10:01PM

    by julian (6003) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday October 12 2016, @10:01PM (#413665)

    It was either about social networking or about massive amounts of ads. And because the social networking sites were mostly all free, I'm not sure that the distinction is particularly important.

    This is why I believe blocking ads isn't just a good idea for sanity and security; it's a moral obligation to starve the beast.

    This business model, ad-supported content, is simply too perverse to be tolerated. It creates an adversarial relationship between website operators and website visitors. It incentives owners to actively attack their users' privacy and security. It fundamentally cannot be done ethically, even in principle.

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  • (Score: 1) by Francis on Thursday October 13 2016, @02:04PM

    by Francis (5544) on Thursday October 13 2016, @02:04PM (#413899)

    I generally block everything I can find, but I've found on the few sites that I value enough to support by disabling ads tend to run like molasses because of the myriad poorly designed scripts that take ridiculous amounts of resources to run.

    A simple text or image ad is enough. The only javascript involved should be writing the link for the image or writing the ad. That stupid intellitext thing that expects to run over the whole page and highlight words with links is a particularly egregious example as it doesn't just slow the browser to a crawl, it also interferes with the use of the page.