Linked by davidiwharper on Tue 14th Jan 2014 09:03 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Mozilla plans to establish an automated process which would verify that binaries contain only the code found in the official source repositories, and not spyware secretly added during the build process at the behest of government intelligence agencies. In a blog post entitled Trust but Verify, CTO Brendan Eich and R&D VP Andreas Gal note that governments "may force service operators [such as Mozilla] to enable surveillance (something that seems to have happened in the Lavabit case)" and pledge to develop systems which will make Firefox resistant to this form of tampering.

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Mozilla seems to be one of the few places of public trustworthiness still available, if any trust remains available anywhere at all still. My fullest support of Firefox OS is based purely on this apparent fact.

The FOSS community could have long ago collectively/cooperatively built viable alternatives to all those services that now bend the entire world's population over and have their way with them. MVNO's, mail and search engines could have/can be created by the community with legally binding primary goals that would protect their user's privacy and autonomy to the fullest extent of the law as part of their core charters, instead of the current commercial offerings who exploit their clients to the fullest extent of the law. Albeit, with a "Trust-Us" smiley faces on them.
Advertising based services need not all be intrusive and based on tracking their users. Generic ads have been the total mainstay of broadcasting since its beginnings. It's true that it's a less profitable form of advertising because without them keeping user-tracking logs the NSA/all government snoops would have no reason to hire their services. So bedding down with that pure-evil isn't then an option.

It's too bad however, that most Americans have traded their birthright for the mess of pottage that is convenient access to pointless information regarding everyone they know's every bacon-burp and form of their flatulence. And let's not forget all the nifty coupons fed to them as they go about their daily lives. Or the supreme idiocy that is those Borg Wannabe's sporting Google Glass and the like.

Knowledge IS power.
Knowledge specific to you, is power OVER you.

"Freedom" cannot, will not, survive privacy.

Surely all those tinfoil-hatter's of recent decades are now looking much more prescient than pin-headed.

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Democracy does not exist without privacy.

I think democracy isn't great, but probably has the most potential to let us remain free.

And the basis of a good democracy is voting with a secret ballot.

So privacy is freedom.

Mozilla is also working on other projects. Think of how they implemented Firefox (bookmarks) Sync. It will encrypt the data on your computer and then 'store it in the cloud'. You can choose it to store it on their servers, or you can download the software and run it on your own server.

I'm seeing some other lights.

I'm seeing more open source people looking at secure boot. Trying to make it work in a way that keeps the user in control. And maybe even be able to verify that the software running on the machine is actually the software they installed.

Obviously secure boot is a dangerous solution. Especially how it is currently organized for PCs, as Microsoft is the one singing the default keys.

I'm seeing encrypted protocols that were already being worked on by W3C and IETF (both of which get support from ISOC I believe) are getting more attention and even fixing some older protocols to make it viable to use them in everyday life.

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