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Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click
Over the years, there has been considerable discussion of Google's "filter bubble" problem. Put simply, it's the manipulation of your search results based on your personal data. In practice this means links are moved up or down or added to your Google search results, necessitating the filtering of other search results altogether. These editorialized results are informed by the personal information Google has on you (like your search, browsing, and purchase history), and puts you in a bubble based on what Google's algorithms think you're most likely to click on.

The filter bubble is particularly pernicious when searching for political topics. That's because undecided and inquisitive voters turn to search engines to conduct basic research on candidates and issues in the critical time when they are forming their opinions on them. If they’re getting information that is swayed to one side because of their personal filter bubbles, then this can have a significant effect on political outcomes in aggregate.
privacy  search  data  anonymity  filter  bubble  Google  DuckDuckGo 
2 days ago by gwippich
anonymity-notes.md
lso a good first step to reduce disclosure risk. refrr:https://gist.github.com/tmcw
anonymity  data  tmcw 
11 days ago by thadk
Kovri
Kovri, a secure, private, untraceable C++ router implementation of I2P
monero  kovri  decentralized  anonymity  technology  i2p  anonymous  routing  encryption  garlic  privacy  internet  overlay  protocol  email  irc 
18 days ago by orlin
Russia: Now everyone who uses a messaging app must be identifiable
"In yet another crackdown on online freedom, the Russian government has decreed that all users of messaging apps must be identified.

The decree, signed by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, was published on Tuesday and will take effect in six months' time...According to Alexander Zharov, the head of media regulator Roskomnadzor, the point of the measure is to combat the use of anonymity in messaging services.

He told Izvestia that forcing identification was "a necessary step toward creating a safe communication environment for citizens and for the state as a whole"."
otf  russia  messaging  policy  access  anonymity 
27 days ago by dmcdev
Why OPSEC Is for Everyone, Not Just for People with Something to Hide
Originally posted by CyberSecStu on tripwire.com, reposted here with permission from him
OPSEC (Operational Security) is a term derived from the U.S. military and is an analytical process used to deny an adversary information that could compromise the secrecy and/or the operational security of a mission. The very process of performing OPSEC or protecting yourself from an adversary not only plays a very important role in both offensive and defensive security strategies but also in everyday life.
Examples of OPSEC that pertain to this article include protecting the real identity of someone who has chosen to create a pseudonym that black hat and white hat hackers most commonly will undertake online. The process of ensuring that critical information, such as IP addresses, language used, writing styles, email accounts, personal traits etc. cannot be used to unmask their real identity is a constant process.
privacy  security  anonymity  data  sharing  social_media 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tribler Invented 'Paid' Torrent Seeding Over a Decade Ago - TorrentFreak
Over the past weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about 'paid' seeding, which is one of the new proposals from the Tron/BitTorrent team. However, this idea is far from new. The Tribler research team has been working on its 'bandwidth as currency' idea for over a decade, and they now have a fully operational token marketplace in their torrent client.
During the early days of BitTorrent, bandwidth was relatively scarce.
Torrent sites encouraged users to keep their clients running, to ensure that downloads would finish in ‘just’ a few hours.
Torrent streaming requires even more bandwidth. To address this, a group of top researchers came up with a new idea. What if we treated bandwidth as a currency?
“P2P dies or thrives depending on how much upload people donate. By introducing electronic ‘currency’ for uploads the researchers think they can make P2P HDTV Video on Demand possible,” we wrote, back in 2007.
bittorrent  p2p  piracy  blockchain  bitcoin  research  anonymity  encryption  tor 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anonymity on the Internet Must be Protected
1995 analysis of anonymity on the internet, along with important cases
anonymity  society  law  internet 
8 weeks ago by tswaterman
Banksy Bought My House
A funny story of an artist trying to be anonymous
banksy  art  funny  anonymity  england 
9 weeks ago by nelson

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