AUSTIN, Texas—As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not everything can be found on Amazon or Netflix. Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge’s old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Curious to watch a bunch of vintage smoking ads? How about perusing the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature in the world? There’s one place to turn today, and it’s not Google or any pirate sites you may or may not frequent. “I’ve got government video of how to wash your hands or prep for nuclear war,” says Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive. “We could easily make a list of .ppt files in all the websites from .mil, the Military Industrial PowerPoint Complex.” Graham recently talked with several small groups of attendees at the 2018 Online News Association conference, and Ars was lucky enough to be part of one. He later made a full presentation to the … [Read more...] about The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”
The bad headlines continue to stack up for Facebook this year: from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to the New York Times report that Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, and other mobile device makers access to its users personal data without permission, to the revelation that the firm routinely gives user information and preferences to several Chinese telecommunications firms, to last week’s security breach in which hackers took control of 50 million user accounts as well as any third-party sites those users logged into via Facebook. WIRED has called the sophisticated attack an “internet-wide failure” with complex and far-reaching consequences. Surely, this is enough for Facebook to stop selling our personal information. Enough is enough, right? Don’t count on it. The practice of collecting personal data and then selling it to advertisers and analytics firms is not going to end because that’s been their business model from the outset. Do you like good … [Read more...] about The free internet makes us the product — we need to stop it
caption Wikipedia founder campaigned against the EU proposals. source Getty source Business Insider Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said there is one law relating to the internet that he would completely rewrite. Speaking to Business Insider after being named in the UK Tech 100 ranking of the most influential people in British tech, Wales said he would rip up censorship laws in China. “If it were completely up to me with absolute power, I would just stick the US First Amendment into the Chinese system and require that it be enforced appropriately,” Wales said. He admitted this ambition is “a bit silly,” so at a minimum he said there should be a proper legal process every time China decides it is going to black out a website. Wales continued: “In terms of a realistic dream, to say any time you are going to block a website, there needs to be a true process of independent judicial review.” His intervention comes at a time when … [Read more...] about This is the one internet law Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would radically rewrite
WASHINGTON -- By July of 2019, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., aims to see the House of Representatives pass landmark legislation shielding consumers from the onslaught of data breaches and the anxiety and confusion over the misuse of their personal information on the web. To nudge such legislation along, Khanna recently unveiled a list of 10 principles amounting to a draft Internet Bill of Rights that he hopes will inform sweeping data privacy laws to protect American citizens in the digital age. "There's great concern that Americans have about the protection of their privacy online and about their security online," Khanna told The Washington Post in an interview Friday. "They are looking to the United States Congress to help put together well crafted regulation to protect them in the cyber world."This list contains principles that many lawmakers, consumer advocates and technologists have long clamored for. The Internet Bill of Rights calls for network neutrality, consumer choice for … [Read more...] about What’s in new proposed Internet Bill of Rights?
Big quote: “The internet age and digital revolution have changed Americans’ way of life. As our lives and the U.S. economy are more tied to the internet, it is essential to provide Americans with basic protections online.” Ro Khanna’s introduction to his ten principles of online rights, which he hopes to make legislation if the Democrats win the House back in November. Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi commissioned Khanna, who is California’s 17th district’s representative, to draft this ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ six months ago. Khanna discussed it with Silicon Valley giants such as Google and Apple (who are based within his district) and with think tanks and experts. Even internet founder Tim Berners-Lee chipped in, saying that “if the internet is to live up to its potential as a force for good in the world, we need safeguards that ensure fairness, openness and human dignity.” The ten principles give you the right: To have access … [Read more...] about The Internet Bill of Rights: Democrats are pushing to regulate online privacy