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How to create an internet where "big data" isn't a problem?

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Leandro Lucas de Oliveira Bandeira Oct 24, 2020
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We might need to change the socioeconomic system first

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Povilas S
Povilas S Oct 25, 2020

Some ideas discussed in previous sessions

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Juran Oct 24, 2020

Easy and fast solution - VPN hiders

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Juran Oct 24, 2020
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Povilas S
Povilas S4 months ago
This isn't a real solution. It might help a bit by giving you a layer of security, but there are many problems with this.

Hiding a VPN only hides your location, this is not enough to make you anonymous or protect your data. The browser you are using does big part of the tracking job, tracking cookies are stored on your computer and you can easily be recognized even if using a different VPN. When you go to the public wi-fi place, for example, your VPN is also different (you changed the location), but sites can still remember you unless you delete all the cookies and browsing history each time you quit, but it's a question how much you can trust this "deletion" on a regular browser. Therefore it's better to use systems that are fully designed for this purpose, like Tor browser for example.

Another thing is trust, as you mentioned - VPN providers make a business out of it, they may not care so much about the security of your data, they always advertise it that way though. And they'll always have access to it if you're using their services. I've tried a VPN service for a month from one popular provider and one big problem was that it often wasn't fast enough to connect, my real VPN was leaked before that for some time. Another problem is that they considerably slow down the internet speed, but that's just the price you have to pay if you want more security online.

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
People are drawn to social media. When they log into their accounts, the VPN, or any other connection anonymization becomes pointless. Browsing the internet without simultaneously checking in with your friends feels lonely. I imagine that people would want to keep at least some kind of connection with their online friends. Any system that enables this, requires authentication - that in turn defeats the VPN anonymization.
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Povilas S
Povilas S4 months ago
Darko Savic This is known as anonymity vs pseudonymity. It's still better to use VPN even if you log in, cause it gives you a layer of security anyway, but that's not anonymity anymore. If one is more serious about this then it's better to use separate systems for different activities. For example, one browser just for sites you often login to and another, like Tor, for all the rest where you don't need to log in. So you'll kind of have two identities in that case and actually the more of those you have the harder is to trace you. If all you do online is somehow linked then all your data is on a plate. That's why smartphones are the worst in this.

There's an operating system designed for security and privacy of your data that works by this separation principle. It's called Qubes and it's free. You have different sectors for work, fun, personal stuff, etc. that have different levels of security and there's no data access from one sector to another. It's actually a really smart system, but I'm not able to explain it properly, you should check out their website, if you're interested, they have it explained well in a video. But it requires a powerful enough computer because that's like having multiple operating systems running on the same computer at the same time. So it might not be a fit for an average user.

https://www.qubes-os.org/

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