@hhardy01 @uranther Just read how the British intercepted the Zimmermann Telegram in 1917 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimmermann_Telegram#British_interception). The international cable surveillance is literately started 100 years ago.
One of the big Snowden revelations was that US citizens are being surveilled too, and not just suspected criminals but mom-and-pop.
The panopticon effect was bolstered with recent advances in technology, i.e. big data. So what seemed implausible and impractical before (maybe in the 90s) now is just a search query away.
Well, people nowadays still don't encrypt their comms, and still see no problem with Facebook.
We're all just eager and happy to hand over every personal and private detail of our entire existence. The stasi wouldn't dare to dream about such a gigantic database that (almost) every citizen in this world adds to without giving it a secomd thought. We're fucked. Humanity is fucked.
Exactly the reason I use decentralized apps and infrastructure whenever possible. I don't use anything by FB, Amazon/AWS, Google, Microsoft, CloudFlare and others.
The only exceptions are Signal, AOSP (Android - without Google) and Plex. The latter one is going to be replaced by Emby on short term.
@h3artbl33d @uranther @bob @jerry @princessgentoo @drwho @saxnot @h @Shufei @hhardy01 But one thing is certain - once a practical quantum computer has been built, every piece of encrypted data transmitted through the modern Internet will be decrypted... 😱😱😱
Except for those experimental communications encrypted by one of the PQC candidate algorithm.
@h3artbl33d @uranther @bob @jerry @princessgentoo @drwho @saxnot @h @Shufei @hhardy01 It doesn't matter if the Internet community managed to deploy a working PQC solution within five years - well, it would be great. But it doesn't make any difference for the previous encrypted data which already transmitted.
This is exactly the reason why I advice against using the blockchain. Whomever thought it would be a good idea encrypting data and syncing it up in a way that is impossible to pull offline once it's there, deserves a slap in the face.
Once the encryption is broken, shit is really going to hit the fan.
Mankind is unfortunately rather reactive - as opposed to proactive. The FB-gate happened, but no thought is given on a party like Google - which has even more data about users/citizens.
I really do hope you are right, but right now I am a bit more pessimistic.
My personal opinion: we all have responsibilities. Hackers, tech enthousiasts, privacy fundamentalists in this area. By educating and informing friends, family and beloved ones, we can -at least- make a start and open dialogue. An advice like using Piwik/Matomo takes very little effort and might go a long way.
We shouldn't compete if the endgame is taking back privacy. Nor should we force products and services on users, but rather educate them so they can make their own choice.
Misinformation, FUD and fanboyism only has losers in the long run.
@h3artbl33d @bob @jerry @princessgentoo @saxnot @h @Shufei @hhardy01 @niconiconi @uranther I don't think of it as competition. It's making offers to people within the first one or two jumps of the social graph - I want to help, I'll run this thing you might find useful for you. Maybe it's more like running stuff for family.
Or maybe I'm just assuming too much about how social graphs work these days, which is entirely possible.
It is a difficult discussion. The people close to me, care about privacy. Unfortunately, that doesn't represent others.
I've setup decentralized services (like NextCloud, Searx, hosting) - that I offer to beloved ones for free. For me, it is more important that their privacy is respected than my earnings.
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