Mastodon got mentioned in the context of sex workers sites being shut down due to FOSTA-SESTA.

Free ThoughtsFree Thoughts wrote the following post Fri, 04 May 2018 00:15:08 -0400
What’s Facebook Done With My Data? (with Will Duffield)
What’s Facebook Done With My Data? (with Will Duffield)

Will Duffield joins us again to discuss Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media.
Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read

By going to websites as a deliberate reader, you're making a conscious choice about what you want a media outlet to be—as opposed to letting an algorithm choose the thing you're most likely to click on. Or! As opposed to encouraging a world in which everyone is suckered into reading something with a headline optimized by a social media strategist armed with nothing more than "best practices" for conning you into a click.
Admittedly, I just breezed through the article but even before I killed my Facebook I would actually go to the sites that I enjoy. My reason for doing it was more prosaic than killing Facebook. To me going to a website other than Facebook feels more like the internet to me. Not sure that I can explain except to say that I miss the way that it was...
When I last used Facebook was before the newsfeed feature, so any article links were things shared by someone I knew. There was still the problem if it choosing for me which posts of my friends to show me, but the choices were constrained to sources I chose.
Now that both sides have scored on the net neutrality issue in recent years, I think the Internet can officially be declared a political football, joining the likes of education and healthcare. Issues will increasingly be worked out between politicians and bureaucrats, not consumers and providers. As the balance of power in Washington shifts, so will the rules of the game. If the state of other political footballs is any indication, this does not bode well for the future of the Internet.
Goodbye Net Neutrality; Hello Competition | Jeffrey A. Tucker

In the short term, the shift by the FCC does not mean the immediate emergence of a free marketplace for Internet service. But it is a step. If we let this experiment in liberalization run a few years, we will see massive new entrants into the sector. As with every good or service provided by market forces, consumers will gain the benefit of innovation and falling prices.
Do you see the end of Net Neutrality as beneficial?  I am having a difficult time thinking it will be good for anyone but ISP's
On a personal level, in the short term, I can't point to anything that has changed for me since the current regulations went into effect, so I don't expect a change if it goes away. In the long term, I just don't know. There is so much hype and hyperbole flying around from both sides that I don't expect it to look like either side predicts. When it comes to things that I worry about for the next 5 years, this doesn't make the list.
As I thought more about it, I decided that it doesn't even make it into my top 3 concerns about the internet. I'm not sure it would be in the top 3 even if I weren't so ambivalent about it.
Cliff Stoll in 1995:
Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana
The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

I wouldn't call it Nirvana, but it is certainly doing much more than he expected.
Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

If you’re daydreaming about buying a home or need to lower the payment on the one you already have, you might pay a visit to the Quicken Loans mortgage calculator. You’ll be asked a quick succession of questions that reveal how much cash you have on hand or how much your home is worth and how close you are to paying it off. Then Quicken will tell you how much you’d owe per month if you got a loan from them and asks for your name, email address, and phone number.
Milestone: 100 Million Certificates Issued - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates


Let’s Encrypt has reached a milestone: we’ve now issued more than 100,000,000 certificates.
It would be interesting to know the number of unique owners of these certificates.
They do have short lifespans. I'm on my 3rd set now.
Short lifespans, multiple certs per owner - still impressive. :-)
New Girl Scout badges focus on cyber crime, not cookie sales


Cookie sales may take a back seat to fighting identity theft and other computer crime now that Girl Scouts as young as 5 are to be offered the chance to earn their first-ever cyber security badges.
Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no matter where the data is stored.
Conservative Party pledges to take control of the UK's Internet


Conservative Party pledges to take control of the UK's Internet. Aims for a Chinese walled garden approach.
it plans to create a new national network to replace the Internet as a means of allowing the government full control over what is said and done online

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I should know better than to take such articles at face value. Having skimmed through the manifesto (and only skimming it, I am taking a bit of a risk here), I think the author or the article is really putting words in their mouth.

Usually this happens because of disagreement over the results of a policy.

So, if I say "I think people should eat more eggs and butter because it is good for them" and you think eating more eggs and butter will cause heart attacks, you might claim that I want people to die of heart attacks, which is not what I said.

This case is a bit different. They are taking the goal and putting words in their mouth about the means.

So, if I say I want to stop my cat from waking me up every morning by clawing at my bed and you think that can only be accomplished by killing my cat, you might claim that I want to kill my cat, which is not what I said. If that is, indeed, the only way to stop my cat, I will decide not to stop my cat before going to that extreme.

So, to get back to the article, the manifesto basically says they want to make the internet "safe" for everyone. I would probably agree that it would take the sort of extreme measures mentioned in the article to accomplish that goal, but I also think the manifesto authors think can do it by less extreme ways and, when that fails, they will reduce the scope of their goal before going to those extremes.

This is in no way intended to endorse the Conservative Party, but only to call out the author of the article I now wish I hadn't reposted. And if I missed something because I don't have time to read the manifesto fully, then I'll wish I hadn't posted this comment. :-)

(running on insufficient sleep, so everything I do today may be regrettable!)
I don't think you need to worry about reposting it, we all got to think for ourselves and today we've got the whole scale from truth to lie/false news, with much of it ending up in the middle.
I've noticed that I myself usually handle things like this: If I got 3-4 alternative "facts" and I've got no way to tell which one is correct, I usually go for the seemingly most trustworthy one, but while keeping the other alternatives in the back of my head, as a kind of backup to use in case my first chosen alternative should prove to be wrong. That gives me a kind of mental preparation (I think) for the unexpected - at least to some extent.
Get your loved ones off Facebook.

I wrote this for my friends and family, to explain why the latest Facebook privacy policy is really harmful. Maybe it’ll help you too. External references – and steps to get off properly – at the bottom.
Oops, I thought it was referring to Jan 30, 2017, but at the end, I discovered it was last updated Jan 29, 2015.
And all his predictions have pretty much become reality, although FB isn't yet as entrenched in e-commerce as they had planned at the time.
Now I know how they suckered me in 6 years ago with an email saying "do you know XYZ?" (I did know XYZ, but had no current contact info)
Freedom on the Net 2016 | Freedom House


Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps.

I'm assuming the UK's score is from before their new law took effect.
What means not assessed ? Spain and Portugal no target not one but Germany have very strict rules and score is 25 when this country send you a judgement notice at any time .
uff That map is more political
Not assessed would mean they didn't evaluate that country's policies.
Judith Donath on Signaling, Design, and the Social Machine | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

Judith Donath, author of The Social Machine, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book--an examination of signaling, online identity, and online community. Donath argues that design elements in technology play a key role in our interactions with one another. The conversation closes with a discussion of data collection by corporations and the government.
Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs


A conference in London this week brings together military and intelligence officials hoping to use social media as a tool in the armed forces.
Who Controls the Internet? Ted Cruz's Fantasy Vs. the Reality
Sen. Ted Cruz says that if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month, Obama will 'give the internet away' to Iran, Russia & China. This is why that's crazy.

I couldn't stay awake to the end, but maybe someone else can.
9th Circuit: It’s a federal crime to visit a website after being told not to visit it

Are you worried about the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? You have good reason to worry after today's decision in Facebook v. Vachani. Here's a run-down.