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🖖🏻 Internet 2022 – ONE thing you can do to make it better?

Way back in 2019 (BC), I summarized why, in 2016, I stopped writing about tech and the Internet. TLDR: I felt like I was always writing and reporting about Negative stuff. Ironically, I never published that blog because it seemed way too negative. 🤣 Today we revisit the Internet to see what has changed, and I will give you TechWite’s ONE Suggestion for Making the Internet Better.

Back in the previous decade, before Covid and so much else, I saw the once promising Internet turning into the mess covered in the categories below:

  1. Bad Manners, Shaming, and Other Rotten Behavior
  2. Facebook
  3. Hacking, Swindling, Blackmail, & Ransom
  4. Harassment and Sexism
  5. Amazon, Uber, Monopoly and the New Workplace Overlords
  6. Net Neutrality
  7. New Technologies
  8. Privacy
  9. Resistance
  10. Trends

* DATB – (Details at the Bottom) For details, scroll down and read the article titles (with links) that I collected at the time.

None of these issues have gone away —except maybe Net Neutrality—and regular readers will note that I even see some hope here and there. In fact, before I dive into the worst of it, I want to add a couple more hopeful signs:

Old Data Never Dies“—Or maybe it does! Some companies are actually cleaning up their accounts — allegedly, they respect your privacy and won’t keep your information forever! Here are two examples:

Realism about Likes and Engagement? — There is the whole Elon thing, and I’m not going to give the guy another stage for his drama; we knew months ago that Twitter didn’t have as many users as they claim. So maybe people are catching on to the fakeness of it all?? One can hope. 🙂

eBooks have a future? — Not addressed elsewhere in TechWite, but a long-time issue for me is the limitations of purchased eBooks when copy-protected by Amazon, Apple, et al. They’re often not cheaper than paper, they have some great tech advantages, but basically if you buy an eBook, you are the only person who ever gets to use it. You can’t loan it, share it, give it away, or sell it. So why buy it? I thought Blockchain might be a way that people could “own” eBooks and have all the options of selling, sharing etc. One company is planning to sell textbooks as NFTs. Of course they want to protect the book as their asset, but the technology could be used to allow individuals to OWN and sell eBooks just as if they were “real”.

Pearson plans to sell its textbooks as NFTs | Publishing | The Guardian
Educational publisher’s move into non-fungible tokens is intended to claw back some of the income lost to secondhand sales
— Read on www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/02/pearson-plans-to-sell-its-textbooks-as-nfts

The rest of this stuff sounds much like it did in 2017…

#Hacking and #NoPrivacy

LastPass, a Password Manager With Millions of Users, Is Hacked – WSJ
The company said no information was stolen from its more than 33 million users after an unauthorized party accessed its development environment
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/lastpass-a-password-manager-with-millions-of-users-is-hacked-11661524398

FTC Sues Over Tracking Data That Could Expose Visits to Abortion Clinics – The New York Times
Federal regulators said the sale of geolocation information on tens of millions of smartphones could expose people’s visits to private places.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2022/08/29/business/ftc-lawsuit-tracking-data-abortion.html

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret – The New York Times (2018)
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

And then there’s Facebook...

Read this Felix Krause blog from just the other day. (It’s not much different than the 10 articles about Facebook in the DATB.)

iOS Privacy: Instagram and Facebook can track anything you do on any website in their in-app browser · Felix Krause
— Read on krausefx.com/blog/ios-privacy-instagram-and-facebook-can-track-anything-you-do-on-any-website-in-their-in-app-browser

Facebook, Meta, Zuckerburg and everything he owns represent the biggest threat to creativity, safety, security on the Internet, and life as we would like to know it. For all the times he and the company have been caught lying, stealing data, selling it illegally, monopolizing, crushing competition, etc. etc. etc., they’ve never admitted culpability. Oops! We’ll have to do better! Poor Mark! He wakes up every day to find somebody wants to put him down. He’s a victim!! Right.

The one thing you could do to make the Internet a better place? Delete Facebook. I don’t mean sign out and stay off for a few weeks or months and write an article about how you “Quit Facebook” (you’ll find these all over the Internet). They’re fake quitters. I’m saying DELETE FACEBOOK and never go back to it, never. (Most people don’t understand all the thieving corrosive technology behind the “friendly” interface of Fakebook. I don’t. But I AM TECHWITE, and I know enough to tell you to avoid it.)

Facebook is a time wasting, drama-generating cesspool of scammers and criminals that encourages people to treat each other badly. Never, ever, ever use Facebook or have it installed on your phone or iPad. If you are tempted to go to Facebook via a web browser, don’t. Before you do, learn all about private browsing and clearing your cache, and all the other stuff you have to do to wipe the digital leeches that Facebook will attach to your identity just by using a browser. Unfortunately, this probably applies to Instagram and Mark’s Metaverse, and every other company or product he buys and corrupts or destroys. But let’s keep it simple. #DeleteFacebook

—TechWite Peace Out 🤙🏻

*DATB (below)

BAD MANNERS, SHAMING, AND OTHER ROTTEN BEHAVIOR circa 2017


Jon Ronson: When online shaming goes too far | TED Talk | TED.com
AT&T and Johnson & Johnson Pull Ads From YouTube – The New York Times
‘Missing Richard Simmons,’ the Morally Suspect Podcast – The New York Times
U-cant-talk-to-ur-professor-like-this – The New York Times

FACEBOOK


Don’t Let Facebook Make You Feel Miserable – The New York Times
‘10 Concerts’ Facebook Meme May Reveal More Than Musical Tastes – The New York Times
After Posting of Violent Videos, Facebook Will Add 3,000 Content Monitors – WSJ
Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug? – The New York Times
Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It’s the Network, of Course – The New York Times
Cleveland Police Seek Suspect After a Killing Seen on Facebook – The New York Times
Facebook denies targeting insecure users – BBC News
Millions duped by Facebook Live video – BBC News
Facebook Live ‘broadcasts gang rape’ of woman in Sweden – BBC News
‘Sex assault’ streamed on Facebook Live – BBC News

 

HACKING, SWINDLING, BLACKMAIL, & RANSOM


Password manager OneLogin hacked, exposing sensitive customer data | ZDNet
Disney hack: Ransom demanded for stolen film
Russian Cyberforgers Steal Millions a Day With Fake Sites – The New York Times
How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store – Medium
India’s Call-Center Talents Put to a Criminal Use: Swindling Americans – The New York Times
In Cyber Attack Where does Microsoft’s Responsibility Lie? – The New York Times
U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron – The New York Times
Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout – The New York Times
Hackers Hide Cyber Attacks in Social Media Posts – The New York Times  
No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer? – The New York Times

HARASSMENT AND SEXISM


Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment – The New …
Here are 6 of Our Favorite iOS 11 ARKit Demonstrations – The Mac …
Jake Paul, a Reality Villain for the YouTube Generation – The New …

 

Amazon, UBER, Monopoly and the NEW WORKPLACE OVERLORDS


Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers – The New …
How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons – The New York Times
Uber to Repay Millions to Drivers, Who Could Be Owed Far More – The New York Times
The Online Marketplace That’s a Portal to the Future of Capitalism – The New York Times

NET NEUTRALITY


FCC and Congress Work to Roll Back Net Neutrality – TidBITS
F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules – The New York Times

 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES


IoT Opens New Door for DDoS Attacks – CIO Journal – WSJ
Google Wants Driverless Cars, but Do We? – The New York Times

 

PRIVACY


Microchip Implants for Employees? One Company Says Yes – The …
Sonos says users must accept new privacy policy or devices … – ZDNet
Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That …
Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier – The New York Times

 

RESISTANCE


Resist the Internet – The New York Times
Hooked on Our Smartphones – The New York Times
Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom – The New York Times

TRENDS


Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer – Recode
As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check – The New York Times
Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong …
How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience – The New York Times
Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want? – The New York Times
Valuation Shell Game: Silicon Valley’s Dirty Secret – The New York Times

#ResisttheInternet #AvoidtheInternet Protect your #Privacy #DeleteFacebook — Why I stopped writing about Tech