Techie Creates ‘Internet Noise’ After Congress Ends Digital Privacy Rights

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FEATURING DAN SCHULTZ – After Congressional Republicans swiftly voted to end digital privacy rights for Internet users by overturning an Obama-era set of rules, many Americans are up in arms. Now, Internet Service Providers can sell your online viewing habits to the highest bidder.

Some have responded by raising money to buy the Internet browsing histories of those members of Congress that voted for the controversial bill. Others, like my guest, have some tech solutions up their sleeve. Developed in just hours, a new program, still in its infancy, aims to help users create “Internet Noise” to confuse ISPs and ad sellers.

You can use Internet Noise by clicking HERE.

Dan Schultz, Senior Creative Technologist at the Internet Archive, former winner of the Knight News Challenge, and a Knight Mozilla Fellow, graduate of the MIT Media Lab, creator of Internet Noise.

One thought on “Techie Creates ‘Internet Noise’ After Congress Ends Digital Privacy Rights

  1. I miss the internet of the mid-late ’90s before advertising became the business model and before corporations figured out how to get their talons into it.

    Apparently, the ISP I have, Sonic (California-based) is committed to preserving its customers’ privacy. This is an e-mail they sent out last week (shortly before the legislation passed):

    “Last week Senate Republicans voted to abolish vital internet privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission. Lobbyists for big telecom companies want these rules abolished, but Sonic disagrees, and we urge the House of Representatives to reconsider this attack on Americans’ privacy.”

    This is an excerpt from a just published article on Mashable, written by Sonic CEO Dane Jasper. In it, he discusses the consequences of the vote, and how it affects the future of privacy on the internet. He goes on to say that “this is a critical moment for the history of the internet, and it’s more important than ever for people to stand up for their rights to privacy because — and make no mistake — it affects everyone.”

    While Sonic respects your privacy, and doesn’t collect or sell your data, your neighbor’s ISP might not be so transparent. Sonic believes we should all work together to build a better internet in America. As always, we stand for Internet Freedom for All.

    As Sonic urges the House to reconsider, we also urge our customers to speak out on this vital issue. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a simple tool that can connect you to your Representative. Please call your Representative today and tell them that you support online privacy.

    P.S. Dane just participated in a Reddit AMA this morning to answer questions about online privacy rules. Check it out. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/61hrzp/congress_is_trying_to_repeal_online_privacy_rules/?mc_cid=1f5e5d4b20&mc_eid=1349600ac9

    —— Personally, I just hope Sonic doesn’t get too big and corrupt like AT&T, Spectrum, etc.

    I’m glad to know of this service for throwing Google, et al off!!!

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