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How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
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I and many others who watched authoritarian regimes were already worried. A key issue for me was how microtargeting, especially on Facebook, could be used to wreak havoc with the public sphere. It was true that social media let dissidents know they were not alone, but online microtargeting could also create a world in which you wouldn’t know what messages your neighbors were getting or how the ones aimed at you were being tailored to your desires and vulnerabilities.
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It was a shift from a public, collective politics to a more private, scattered one, ...
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There doesn’t seem to have been a major realization within the US’s institutions—its intelligence agencies, its bureaucracy, its electoral machinery—that true digital security required both better technical infrastructure and better public awareness about the risks of hacking, meddling, misinformation, and more.

-- Zeynep Tufekci
MIT Technology Review | technologyreview.com | 14 aug 2018
activism  communication  culture  history  internet  internet-control  internet-culture  internet-freedom  internet-power  internet-security  politics  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
5 weeks ago by tometaxu
Multi-writer Dat could power the next Web – Aral Balkan
We’re witnessing the birth of the foundations of the next Web; the peer Web. ... I cannot stress enough how groundbreaking Dat is or how important it is to creating a free and open, decentralised, and interoperable world. It’s rare to encounter a technology that you feel could have this potential and rarer still when the people behind it are doing it for entirely the right reasons. I say rare, but what I really mean is unprecedented.

-- Aral Balkan
ar.al | 4 aug 2018
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software-datproject  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
Beaker Browser
A browser for the next-generation Web
Beaker is an experimental browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web.
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-website  type-information 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
BeakerBrowser ~ on Twitter
@BeakerBrowser
An experimental browser with a p2p protocol (@dat_project). Decentralize the Web!

Twitter | twitter.com | retr 15 aug 2018
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  software  web-broken  web-browser  web-browser-beaker  format-twitter-account  type-information 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet
Someone hacked almost half a million devices around the world. Why? They wanted to see what the Internet looked like.

-- Mark Wilson
Fast Company | fastcompany.com | undated; retr 11 aug 2018

.........................................
Unfortunately the links to Hilbert's page and browser page at bitbucket no longer work.
-- tmx, 11 aug 2018
internet  internet-freedom  internet-power  format-article  format-animation  format-infographic  type-information 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
This Illegally Made, Incredibly Mesmerizing Animated GIF Is What the Internet Looks Like
You are looking at, more or less, a portrait of the Internet over an average 24 hours in 2012 -- higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues --created by an anonymous researcher for the "Internet Census 2012" project. How, exactly, do you gather this much data? Well: not legally, that's for sure.

-- Max Read
Gawker | gawker.com | 21 mar 2013
internet  internet-freedom  internet-power  format-article  format-animation  format-infographic  type-information 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Here you can find the official PDF of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) as a neatly arranged website. All Articles of the GDPR are linked with suitable recitals. The European Data Protection Regulation will be applicable as of May 25th, 2018 in all member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe.
[Here is *all* the info.]

General Data Protection Regulation | gdpr-info.eu | retr 2 may 2018
law  privacy  internet-freedom  internet-privacy  internet-surveillance  surveillance-capitalism  format-website  type-information 
may 2018 by tometaxu
How did Google know I looked something up?
Q: I went to a website through search at DuckDuckGo. Today multiple websites show me Google banners from this specific website. I use DuckDuckGo to prevent these kind of things. My question therefore is: how is this possible?
A: DuckDuckGo protects your searches, but it can not protect you when you visit the sites it returns. You weren't tracked through DuckDuckGo, but through Google tracking installed on the website you went to. There is no way for DuckDuckGo to do anything about this. You need another layer of technology to protect you there. One good one is Ghostery.


Information Security Stack Exchange | security.stackexchange.com | feb 2018
evilGoogle  internet-freedom  internet-privacy  internet-surveillance  privacy  type-discussion 
february 2018 by tometaxu
Opera - Browser with built-in VPN
Our free VPN is built right into the Opera browser. You don’t have to download VPN extensions or sign up and pay for VPN services.

Opera | opera.com | retr 26 dec 2017
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  web-browser  web-browser-opera  web-security  VPN  format-article  type-information 
december 2017 by tometaxu
The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
r, the underlying dynamics of power on the Web have drastically changed, and those three companies are at the center of a fundamental transformation of the Web. ...
What has changed over the last 4 years is market share of traffic on the Web. It looks like nothing has changed, but GOOG and FB now have direct influence over 70%+ of internet traffic.

[Lots of charts and graphs]
[Ideas for what to about it at https://staltz.com/a-plan-to-rescue-the-web-from-the-internet.html]

-- André Staltz
staltz.com | 30 oct 2017
4web-warriors  internet  internet-control  internet-freedom  web  web-broken  web-decentralization  web-open  Andre_Staltz  type-article 
december 2017 by tometaxu
A plan to rescue the Web from the Internet
There are legimately viable ways of preserving freedom on the Web while taking the platform forward and keeping it competitive against proprietary alternatives from tech giants. But it can only happen if the Web takes a courageous step towards its next level. If it stays in its current form, the Web has little chance of being relevant while America’s FCC kills Net Neutrality rules, the W3C favors DRM, and tech giants build their Web-less vision of the future.
... The real threat comes with giant closed cyberspaces that disguise themselves as public spaces. Facebook, for instance. ...

-- Andre Staltz
staltz.com | 18 dec 2017
4web-warriors  internet  internet-control  internet-freedom  web  web-broken  web-decentralization  web-open  Andre_Staltz  type-article 
december 2017 by tometaxu
From Peppa Pig to Trump, the web is shaping us. It’s time we fought back
Social media algorithms have assumed a sinister supremacy, directing us in ways we barely understand. Are we content to let them control our lives?
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This may seem like a technical problem. But it’s not. It’s a political problem, one that touches on the central question of politics: who governs our lives?
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the companies know that these strings of code achieve the outcome with which they’re tasked – but they don’t always know exactly how they do it. “They’re a bit of a black box.” There’s an echo here of the financial crisis, when it emerged that the CEOs of the big banks and investment houses were selling complex derivatives that they themselves did not understand. But the stakes here are even higher. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the worldwide web, this week warned: “The system is failing. The way ad revenue works with clickbait is not fulfilling the goal of helping humanity promote truth and democracy.” At the heart of the matter, he said, is “very finely trained” artificial intelligence.

-- Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian | theguardian.com | 17 nov 2017
internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-power  web-broken  type-article  from twitter
november 2017 by tometaxu
Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'
Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation.

The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation was a reflection of humanity – the good, the bad and the ugly. But Berners-Lee’s vision for an “open platform that allows anyone to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographical boundaries” has been challenged by increasingly powerful digital gatekeepers whose algorithms can be weaponised by master manipulators.
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“When I invented the web, I didn’t have to ask Vint Cerf [the ‘father of the internet’] for permission to use the internet,” said Berners-Lee, who previously stated that the internet should remain a “permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression”.

These powerful gatekeepers, Berners-Lee said, control access to the internet and pose a threat to innovation if they are allowed to pick winners and losers by throttling or blocking services. It makes sense, therefore, that ISPs should be treated more like utilities.

“Gas is a utility, so is clean water, and connectivity should be too,” said Berners-Lee. “It’s part of life and shouldn’t have an attitude about what you use it for – just like water.”

-- Tim Berners-Lee
The Guardian | theguardian.com | 15 nov 2017
internet-control  internet-freedom  web  web-broken  Tim_Berners-Lee  type-article 
november 2017 by tometaxu
We’re at cyberwar. And the enemy is us.
We’ve been worried about a massive frontal assault, a work of Internet sabotage that would shut down commerce or choke off the power grid. ...
But we failed to prepare for an attack of great subtlety and strategic nuance. Enemies of the West have hacked our cultural advantages, turning the very things that have made us strong — technological leadership, free speech, the market economy and multi-party government — against us. The attack is ongoing.

-- David Von Drehle
The Washington Post | washingtonpost.com | 17 nov 2017
internet-freedom  internet-power  power  society  Russia  United_States  type-article 
november 2017 by tometaxu
Netflix being throttled? - Keep seeing this on the FP, and we need to talk
Do ISP's tend to prioritize things like speed tests so that it inflates user results? Yup, and I can assure you, for every speed test you can find, they've found 3 others they've already prioritized. is Netflix 'sticking it to them' with the fast.com site? Nope. Lets dig in.

[good explanation w/screenshots]
[Netflix has set up its own CDN to get content to you faster.]
Fast.com's speed test is not an internet speed test in most cases, and should NOT be used as such to test your network speed. It is essentially useful for testing if Netflix will work, and nothing else. Any other speed test is normally just as unreliable because most ISPs will prioritize the traffic to them. Try to balance your tests among multiple speed tests, and your best guess at your true speed is a little below the average of your results. These test can also vary on the following things: time of day, population, 'age' of the city and it's infrastructure, temperature, distance from core network hub, wifi vs wired, and interfering frequency's if on wifi. ...
The point of this, don't rely on fast.com for speed tests.

-- @NoPantsHero
Imgur | imgur.com | 13 nov 2017
internet-freedom  internet-control  internet-performance  tech-information  format-article  format-infographic  type-information 
november 2017 by tometaxu
Developing WordPress sites for the censored Web
People in some countries do not enjoy the same internet freedom most of us do, because their internet access is regulated by their governments. This is especially true in countries like China and Russia, two countries with large percentages of the world’s population.

Incorporating workarounds and designing specifically for the censored web are two tactics companies can adopt to reach these extensive global audiences.

[Very comprehensive and objective. Tries to remain objective, but doesn't pass over ethical implications either.]

-- Maddy Osman
WPMU DEV | premium.wpmudev.org | 7 nov 2017
4web-warriors  ethics  internet-censorship  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-sovereignty  web-building  WordPress  China  type-article 
november 2017 by tometaxu
The Theses | 95 Theses about Technology
Triggers for conversations about our networked world.

We’re in the early stages of a radical transformation of our information environment. It’s happening on a scale that has only been matched once before in history — when Johannes Gutenberg invented printing (or at any rate re-invented it in Europe). The print revolution transformed Western society and shaped the world in which — at least until recently — most of us grew up. The digital revolution is going to be just as far-reaching. So it’s worth trying to trigger some serious discussions about what’s happening and what may lie ahead.

-- John Naughton
95 Theses | 95theses.co.uk | retr 3 nov 2017
00-Top  2tweet  4web-warriors  internet  internet-censorship  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-history  internet-power  internet-security  internet-surveillance  power  type-website 
november 2017 by tometaxu
YouTube and Facebook are removing evidence of atrocities, jeopardizing cases against war criminals
The disappearance of Abdusalam’s photos are part of a pattern that’s causing a quiet panic among human rights groups and war crimes investigators. Social media companies can, and do, remove content with little regard for its evidentiary value. First-hand accounts of extrajudicial killings, ethnic cleansing, and the targeting of civilians by armies can disappear with little warning, sometimes before investigators notice. When groups do realize potential evidence has been erased, recovering it can be a kafkaesque ordeal. Facing a variety of pressures — to safeguard user privacy, neuter extremist propaganda, curb harassment and, most recently, combat the spread of so-called fake news — social media companies have over and over again chosen to ignore, and, at times, disrupt the work of human rights groups scrambling to build cases against war criminals.
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“They [google, facebook, twitter, tec] could have said: ‘Don’t use your platforms for this,’” said Alexa Koenig, executive director at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. “But they actually tried to get these people use their platforms [for it] — they held themselves up as arbiters of social good, and at that point of creating dependency, I would argue they acquired a heightened responsibility.”

-- Avi Asher-Schapiro
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 3 nov 2017
censorship  human-rights  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-history  internet-power  internet-censorship  media  type-article 
november 2017 by tometaxu
Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive
"Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India.
"The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country.
"A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved."

The movies concerned are _Jab Harry_ and _Lipstick under my Burkha_. Dweebs.

-- Leo Kelion
BBC News | bbc.com | 9 aug 2017
4web-warriors  censorship  internet  internet-censorship  internet-control  internet-freedom  India  type-article  type-news 
august 2017 by tometaxu
Is Overimitation a Uniquely Human Phenomenon? Insights From Human Children as Compared to Bonobos
"Abstract
"Imitation is a key mechanism of human culture and underlies many of the intricacies of human social life, including rituals and social norms. Compared to other animals, humans appear to be special in their readiness to copy novel actions as well as those that are visibly causally irrelevant. This study directly compared the imitative behavior of human children to that of bonobos, our understudied great ape relatives. During an action-copying task involving visibly causally irrelevant actions, only 3- to 5-year-old children (N = 77) readily copied, whereas no bonobo from a large sample did (N = 46). These results highlight the distinctive nature of the human cultural capacity and contribute important insights into the development and evolution of human cultural behaviors."
(full article is paywalled.)

-- Zanna Clay and Claudio Tennie
Wiley Online Library | onlinelibrary.wiley.com | 26 jul 2017
00-Core  animals  communication  humans  internet-control  internet-freedom  science  society  web-accessibility  web-broken  type-article  type-research 
august 2017 by tometaxu
Defending Tor - gateway to the dark web - BBC News
"To some, Tor is a menace: a (largely) impenetrable system that enables some of the most depraved crimes to take place on the internet.
"To others, it is a lifeline, the only way to safely access the online services that most of us take for granted."

"'About 97% of Tor traffic has to do with people going to Facebook, and Wikipedia, and BBC, and ordinary websites on the internet, and they want to go there more safely,' Dingledine says."

"'I think the line is getting a lot more blurry between the free countries, and the un-free countries.'"

(Roger Dingledine, MIT-trained computer scientist, co-creator of Tor.)

-- Dave Lee
BBC News | bbc.com | 5 aug 2017
4web-warriors  internet  internet-freedom  internet-security  internet-surveillance  Roger_Dingledine  type-article  type-interview 
august 2017 by tometaxu
Inside Cuba's DIY Internet Revolution
In Cuba, where Wi-Fi is both slow and terrible, you will be an emissary from the future, a hint of the degeneracy to come. You’re a full-on mainlining internet junkie with the world’s uproar piped into your head 24/7, your emotional landscape terraformed and buffeted by whatever some narcissist just posted on Instagram or some windbag on Twitter. But like the “not even once” warnings around drugs like meth, you know that after the internet is in Cubans’ pockets, it’s over. Even backward, bitter-ender communist Cuba will become part of the vast data Borg, tied via arterial fiber-­optic cables and Wi-Fi to the same pandemonium that gave us cat videos, live­streamed murders, and President Donald J. Trump. The real irony is that if the internet does topple the government and bring democracy to this democracy-starved island, it’ll happen just as democracy itself is being undone by Facebook and every other filter-bubble-­creating, political-polarization-amplifying, algorithm-optimized feed. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, and also oversimplifying, because the Cubans—the very resourceful Cubans—haven’t exactly been sitting around sipping mojitos as the digital revolución passed them by. They have workarounds. Oh, do they have workarounds.

Like some weird species in an isolated redoubt like Australia, Cuba has been evolving convergently (if mostly independently) to the outside world, even if several technical generations later. Turns out if you connect twitchy, narcissistic, boredom-prone humans via digital media, no matter how makeshift the plumbing, they behave in exactly the same way.

Here’s the tragic reality that the optimists in Silicon Valley don’t realize: Technology isn’t going to “save,” “ruin,” or otherwise seriously change Cuba any more than tourism did. The country embraced tourism in the early ’90s and since then has served as a preeminent Eurotrash vacation destination. But it turns out Western tourists don’t actually pack democracy in their luggage when they come to gawk at tyrannical regimes like visitors in some immersive zoo.
"If the world has learned anything from the past two decades of Cuban economic liberalization, it’s that what happens inside Cuba is a function of the regime’s decisions and is almost completely unaffected by anything the international community does." [think China - tmx]

-- Antonio García Martínez
Wired | wired.com | 26 jul 2017
4web-warriors  internet-freedom  internet-history  internet-power  tech-culture  tech-history  society  totalitarianism  China  Cuba  type-article 
july 2017 by tometaxu
Berkman Klein Center
"The Berkman Klein Center's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.
"We are a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and share. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit."

Berkman Center | cyber.harvard.edu | retr jul 2017
4web-warriors  Internet  internet-freedom  internet-history  internet-power  type-website  type-compendium 
july 2017 by tometaxu
GNU Operating System
"GNU is an operating system that is free software—that is, it respects users' freedom. The development of GNU made it possible to use a computer without software that would trample your freedom."

If you are using linux, you are using GNU - really it is "gnu/linux".

GNU OS | gnu.org | retr 4 jul 2017
4web-warriors  freedom  tech  tech-culture  tech-information  internet-freedom  free-software  Richard_Stallman  type-website 
july 2017 by tometaxu
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
"The leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation."

Home of web tools HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Certbot, Panopticlick, Surveillance Self-Defense.

EFF | eff.org | retr 4 jul 2017
internet-freedom  internet-power  John_Gilmore  John_Perry_Barlow  Mitch_Kapor  type-website 
july 2017 by tometaxu
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - at Wikipedia
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco, California."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
internet-freedom  internet-power  Mitch_Kapor  John_Perry_Barlow  John_Gilmore 
july 2017 by tometaxu
Brewster Kahle - at Wikipedia
"Brewster Kahle ... is an American computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, internet activist, advocate of universal access to all knowledge, and digital librarian. He is the founder of the Internet Archive ..."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
4web-warriors  internet  internet-freedom  web-ephemeral  Brewster_Kahle  type-summary 
july 2017 by tometaxu
Internet Archive - at Wikipedia
The Internet Archive works to "preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the Wayback Machine, contains over 150 billion web captures. The Archive also oversees one of the world's largest book digitization projects."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 3 jul 2017
internet-freedom  type-article  type-summary  web-accessibility  web-ephemeral 
july 2017 by tometaxu
P2P Foundation Blog
Officially, The Foundation for P2P Alternatives.
"We monitor and promote all things peer to peer, and aim for a transition towards a commons-based society."
-- P2P Foundation
P2P Foundation | blog.p2pfoundation.net | retr 28 may 2017
internet-control  human-rights  web-decentralization  internet-freedom  internet-power  surveillance-capitalism  ethics  type-website 
may 2017 by tometaxu
Introducing the 7th pillar of DiEM25: An Internet of People – a progressive tech policy for a democratic Europe.
"Imagine an Internet where everyone owns and controls their own space. Imagine a world where the ability to do this is acknowledged as a basic human right."
-- Aral Balkan
P2P Foundation | blog.p2pfoundation.net | 24 may 2017
human-rights  web-decentralization  Aral_Balkan  surveillance-capitalism  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-power  ethics 
may 2017 by tometaxu
I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it
Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool that serves all of humanity.

1) We’ve lost control of our personal data
2) It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web
3) Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding

-- Tim Berners-Lee
The Guardian | theguardian.com | 11 mar 2017
data  ethics  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  privacy  web-broken  Tim_Berners-Lee  type-article  from twitter_favs
march 2017 by tometaxu
Aral Balkan — The nature of the self in the digital age
"Modern technology works by collecting swathes of (often personal) data. This is simply a fact of life. We’re not going to change that.
"The important question is this: who owns and controls the data about you and the mechanisms by which it is collected, analysed, and transformed into useful services?"

-- Aral Balkan
Aral Balkan website | ar.al | 3 mar 2016
Aral_Balkan  human-rights  internet-freedom  internet-surveillance  privacy  self  society  surveillance  type-article  from twitter_favs
december 2016 by tometaxu
What is the Open Web?
"For me the Open Web is about the ability to openly do three kinds of things:
* publish content and applications on the web in open standards
* code and implement the web standards that that content/apps depend on
* access and use content / code / web-apps / implementations"

-- Tantek Çelik
Tantek | tantek.com | 8 oct 2010
00-Top  2tweet  4web-warriors  ethics  freedom  Internet  internet-freedom  Web  web-decentralization  web-open  type-article 
june 2016 by tometaxu
Why Britain banned mobile apps
How did the UK reach an increasingly mobile population? Responsive websites, [Ben Terrett] replies. “For government services that we were providing, the web is a far far better way… and still works on mobile.”

Sites can adapt to any screen size, work on all devices, and are open to everyone to use regardless of their device. “If you believe in the open internet, that will always win,” he says. And they’re much cheaper to maintain, he adds, because when an upgrade is required, only one platform needs recoding.
...
“Things are just designed to suit the very silos that the project sits in, and the user gets lost in there,” Terrett adds.

-- Joshua Chambers | GovInsider.asia
internet-freedom  4web-warriors  web-accessibility  web-usability 
june 2016 by tometaxu
Amber - WordPress plugin
"Amber is an open source tool for websites to provide their visitors persistent routes to information. It automatically preserves a snapshot of every page linked to on a website, giving visitors a fallback option if links become inaccessible. ... This safeguards the promise of the URL: that information placed online can remain there, even amidst network or endpoint disruptions."

Premise:

"The more routes we provide to information, the more all people can freely share that information, even in the face of filtering or blockages. Amber adds to these routes."

"Amber is an open source project led by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It builds on a proposal from Tim Berners-Lee and Jonathan Zittrain for a 'mutual aid treaty for the Internet' that would enable operators of websites to enter easily into mutually beneficial agreements and bolster the robustness of the entire web. The project also aims to mitigate risks associated with increasing centralization of online content."

-- Berkman Center | AmberLink.org | retr 31 may 2016
4web-warriors  internet-freedom  web-archiving  web-building  web-broken  web-decentralization  web-ephemeral  web-making  web-open  wordpress-plugin  wordpress-plugin-amberlink  wordpress-plugins-tmx_best_picks  format-website 
may 2016 by tometaxu
Save Firefox! Save the W3C
"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), once the force for open standards that kept browsers from locking publishers to their proprietary capabilities, has changed its mission. Since 2013, the organization has provided a forum where today's dominant browser companies and the dominant entertainment companies can collaborate on a system to let our browsers control our behavior, rather than the other way.

"This system, "Encrypted Media Extensions" (EME) uses standards-defined code to funnel video into a proprietary container called a "Content Decryption Module." For a new browser to support this new video streaming standard -- which major studios and cable operators are pushing for -- it would have to convince those entertainment companies or one of their partners to let them have a CDM, or this part of the "open" Web would not display in their new browser."

-- Cory Doctorow | Electronic Frontier Foundation
[11 may 2016]
4web-warriors  internet-control  internet-freedom  internet-security  web-accessibility  web-browser  web-browser-firefox  format-article  type-information 
may 2016 by tometaxu
Why We Need to Take Back the Internet from the Centralizers
"The promise of the internet and personal technology was in its decentralization: one of the most profound advances for liberty in history. Yet at a rapid rate we’re seeing it re-centralized, as governments and corporations—often with users’ willing, if short-sighted, cooperation—are taking control in the center, creating choke points over what we say and how we can say it."

"you and I are part of the solution, too. Unless we recognize what’s at stake, and think about changing our own habits, we’re part of the problem. Unless we advocate for liberty, we’re helping the control freaks win. We’ll need to do things individually, and as members of communities at all levels, to change the trajectory."

-- Dan Gillmor | Civicist - CivicHall.org
[16 may 2016]
internet-freedom  freedom  4web-warriors 
may 2016 by tometaxu
Decentralized Web Summit: Locking the Web Open
"The current Web is not private or censorship-free. It lacks a memory, a way to preserve our culture’s digital record through time. The Decentralized Web aims to make the Web open, secure and free of censorship by distributing data, processing, and hosting across millions of computers around the world, with no centralized control."

[8-9 june 2016 | Internet Archive | San Francisco, CA
Web  web-building  internet-freedom  web-open 
may 2016 by tometaxu
How To Fix Our Broken Internet: A conversation with privacy activists Laura Poitras and Jacob Appelbaum
"Like the Bill of Rights, we’ll need a legal framework to protect the Internet rights that we have, until now, taken for granted."

-- Matt Giles | Popular Science
[25 april 2016]
internet-freedom  internet-security  internet-control  internet-surveillance 
may 2016 by tometaxu
Moxie Marlinspike Makes Encryption for Everyone
"the thing about a world where the FBI never misses anything is that it's also a world where the FBI knows everything. I don't think that's the world we want, but it's the world they're asking for."

"These are the outcomes of a democratic process, but we also have to recognize that they wouldn't have been possible without the ability to break the law. ...
We can only desire based on what we know. It is our present experience of what we are and are not able to do that largely determines our sense for what is possible."

-- Moxie Marlinspike, maker of Signal, in Andrew Rosenblum | Popular Science
[26 april 2016]
internet-security  internet-freedom  internet-surveillance 
may 2016 by tometaxu
We oppose DRM. | Defective by Design
"We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of readers, and freedom for computer users."
[retr may 2016]
internet-freedom  freedom  society 
may 2016 by tometaxu
Privacy SOS
"Since 9/11, the government has directed dramatically expanded powers of surveillance at all of us, not just people suspected of wrongdoing. ...
"But while the government has gained more and more power to watch us, it has largely kept us in the dark about what it is doing, building a new architecture of domestic surveillance, about which we know very little.
"What must we know if we want to remain a free society? 'PrivacySOS' shines sunlight on surveillance (SOS) and highlights actions you can take to protect your privacy."

"The debate isn’t security versus privacy. It’s liberty versus control."

-- Privacy SOS
[retr april 2016]
internet-surveillance  internet-security  internet-control  internet-freedom 
april 2016 by tometaxu
Edward Snowden: The Internet Is Broken
"We have been expanding and expanding because technology is incredibly useful. It is incredibly beneficial. But at the same time, we technologists as a class knew academically that these capabilities could be abused, but nobody actually believed they would be abused. Because why would you do that? It seemed so antisocial as a basic concept."

"in the Riley decision, the courts have finally recognized that digital is different. They recognized that the unlimited access of government to continuum of your private information and private activities, whether that is the content of your communication or the meta data of your communications, when it is aggregated it means something completely different than what our laws have been treating it as previously."

-- Edward Snowden, in interview with Matt Giles
Popular Science | popsci.com | 21 april 2016
internet-surveillance  Edward_Snowden  heroes  internet-freedom 
april 2016 by tometaxu
@csoghoian on Twitter
"I fight surveillance. (Views expressed here are my own.). Taking a PGP break. Use Signal, please."
Washington D.C.
dubfire.net

-- Christopher Soghoian @csoghoian
Twitter | twitter.com | retr ...
2follow  internet-freedom  internet-security  internet-surveillance  tech  tech-best-practices  tech-information  Christopher_Soghoian  format-twitter-account 
april 2016 by tometaxu
Judge orders Google to comply with FBI's secret NSL demands | Politics and Law - CNET News
00 CNET.com
[2013]

Hey Google, if you stand up on your hind legs for what is right ... maybe i'll start using Chrome!
gutlessGoogle  USshame  internet-freedom  internet-surveillance  from twitter
may 2013 by tometaxu
Why everyone should register a domain name
Why everyone should have a web site.

-- Dan Gillmor
Comment is free | guardian.co.uk 28 mar 2013
4web-warriors  internet-freedom  internet-power  Web  web-building  type-article  from twitter
march 2013 by tometaxu

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