Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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RE: The golden rule of the web
by maccouch on Tue 17th Apr 2012 17:15 UTC in reply to "The golden rule of the web"
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If you don't ever want someone to store it, do not put it on the internet. It's as simple as that.

it's not as simple as that. why is it that people somehow have this weird notion that there can be no privacy on the internet? That is a false choice. You can have both the "internet" and privacy.

Do some lookup on cryptography for start. and then pop in and check the description of their service. you can design a system that is both private and social. it might be a little cumbersome or not so "fluid" to use as facebook but you get privacy.

The only reason we've somehow developed this weird and wrong notion of "privacy vs the internet" is because of the "free" ad-based services that we started using when since the net was born. unfortunately i see now that those were a mistake. Every service is paid. you either pay with your money or you pay with your privacy and data. but you always pay.

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