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Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here’s how.

Our lives, online and off, depend upon decentralising power on the internet, says the Guardian columnist John Harris.

As the year unfolds, pay attention to the people who are talking about a new, decentralised internet – AKA Web 3.0 – and the possibility of data being returned to the control of the people who generate it.

In Boston, the worldwide web’s founder, Tim Berners-Lee, is working on a new way of using the internet, called Solid. Then there are the possibilities bound up with the blockchain, the system of verification that sits under so-called cryptocurrencies. Startup called Fetch is developing what it calls decentralised artificial intelligence.

Full article: Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here’s how | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian

Macron and tech giants launch Paris call to fix web woes

Microsoft was among the US tech giants joining with France to call for more nations and corporates to adhere to new internet regulations and do more in the global fight against cyber crime, online censorship and hateful dialogue online.

At an international convening on cyber security principles in Paris, Emmanuel Macron launched a document called “Paris call for trust and security in cyber-space”. The French President hopes the initiative will reenergise momentum for much-needed internet regulation after negotiations broke down last year.

Full article: Macron and tech giants launch Paris call to fix web woes

Illuminating the Dark Web

It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet. Despite the sinister-sounding phrase, there is not just one “dark web.” The term is actually fairly technical in origin, and is often used to describe some of the lesser-known corners of the internet. People often think of the dark web as a place where people sell drugs or exchange stolen information—or as some rare section of the internet Google can’t crawl. It’s both, and neither, and much more.

Full article: Illuminating the Dark Web – Scientific American

Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

There are many resources to limit your exposure to threats on the internet. There are countless ways to control what sites can see about you and your internet behavior. As with most things, it’s impossible to be 100% safe, but by installing a few browser extensions and making some safer choices, you can be more confident about your privacy.

Full article: Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of web, has started a Solid – a startup to develop a way for web users to regain control of their personal data. Solid is a secure repository for all our personal data, and from there we can choose what access to grant to other companies and apps.

Source: Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet | ZDNet

Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law

U.S. Justice Department on Sunday sued California to stop the state’s new law that would guarantee full and equal access to the internet, a principle known as net neutrality, in the latest legal fight between the state and the Trump administration. The law is one of the strongest efforts in the nation to restore internet access rules since they were rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

Source: Justice Department Sues to Stop California Net Neutrality Law – The New York Times

Can Europe’s GDPR Save the Internet?

In an world increasingly driven by the ability of private companies and governments to collect vast amounts of personal data online, the European Union’s ambitious new data rules enshrine data. In the Internet age, ordinary people have become extraordinarily vulnerable, because participating in the digital economy and broader society now frequently involves revealing personal information to large organizations that can easily store it, process it, and share it without any input from individuals.

Full article: Can Europe’s GDPR Save the Internet?

Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol

A team of security researchers has raised the alarm about some cryptography-related issues with the newly released WebAuthn passwordless authentication protocol.

WebAuthn was officially launched earlier this year, in April. It’s a standard developed under the patronage of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official body for all web standards. Cryptography experts point out that new WebAuthn protocol recommends or requires the implementation of old and weak algorithms known to be vulnerable to attacks for years.

Source: Worries arise about security of new WebAuthn protocol | ZDNet

Trademark Enforcement Implications of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

GoDaddy and WHOIS.com appear to have selectively redacted the information only for registrants providing an EU contact address. In light of this WHOIS blackout, the GDPR has effectively made it easier for counterfeiters and infringers to evade detection.

Read article: Trademark Enforcement Implications of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

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