Today in an interview for NPR's Marketplace, Mr. Prince suggested that a few few big internet CEOs could essentially censor the internet. He stated "we'd been trying to have a conversation about who should be regulating and effectively censoring the internet. And yet the question just kept coming back to 'Why do you support Nazis?'" Was his decision a political one, to avoid damaging his own company's reputation?
Jim Gilmore, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), famously said that "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." This quote is often repeated here on Slashdot, but is it no longer true?
The problem is that Firefox collects data from a very small fraction of its userbase, and this data may not be representative of the browser's real usage. Mozilla would like to fix this by flipping everyone's telemetry setting to enabled and adding an opt-out clause. Engineers also plan to embed Google's ROPPAR project [1, 2] for anonymous data collection.
A connected DC reader sent a copy of Google: Ad Blocking Chrome Extension Raises Antitrust Issues, published by Capitol Forum. The article gives a high level overview a recent Google move to exert even more influence over what appears on the Internet. Recall that recently Google changed its search algorithms to favor “authoritative content” meaning the mainstream media (note that Google already gave lower priority to less popular sites, including academic publications). The most widely publicized result that many left-leaning websites, such as WSWS, Consortium News, TruthDig, Common Dreams, Black Agenda Report, Democracy Now! and even The Intercept saw large drops in the traffic they got from internet searches, which is a significant source of their total pageviews. This result may have been one of the main sought-after outcomes, since not long after that, Google demonetized thousands of YouTube accounts, both left wing ones and those of Trump supporters.
Anybody aware of decent cloud backup solutions that support Linux, and that offer a maximum backup capacity that is not ridiculously small?
The corporation announced Tuesday that it would enable global food businesses to use its blockchain network to trace the source of contaminated produce.
It would enable food suppliers to source information about the origin, condition and movement of food, and to trace contaminated produce in mere seconds.
From their announcement:
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The development of the computer network puts China amongst the world leaders of quantum technology. The network works by using the city of Jinan as a quantum computer hub. The city is located between Beijing and Shanghai so it can enhance the Beijing-Shanghai quantum network.