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[–] jerry 0 points 69 points (+69|-0) ago 

Skepticism is healthy. I voted trump but I don't agree with him on 1 very big important thing. Internet privacy. Trump doesn't give a shit about internet anonymity and I wish he did. We need a president who is very well informed on the internet and technology. Trump knows how to use social media and the internet to his advantage, but he believes for example that the NSA spying is acceptable. I simply don't agree with him here and it makes me worry about internet privacy in the future, but I like his other policies so he earned my vote

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[–] xeemee [S] 4 points 9 points (+13|-4) ago 

I voted trump but I don't agree with him on 1 very big important thing. Internet privacy.

not so sure how big of a concern that should be - the geeks that run the interwebs are, i think, very much aware of the problems and are working on solutions and those solutions, from what i can tell, are P2P encrypted applications that are censorship resistant, such as distributed search engines

granted, it would be a fuck of a lot more comforting if the Trump administration actually realized the importance of privacy, but i suspect it may not matter in the end

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[–] jerry 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

They say justice prevails or whatever, you're probably right. The fact that the internet even exists, its evidence of either a higher power via divine intervention or it is a testament to the genius of man. Probably latter, but former would be cool too. Perhaps Trump will come around though. Never know who could get the message to him. Im considering writing out a formal letter and sending it to him. Sometimes all it takes is someone to reach out to him.

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[–] littul_kitton 8 points 4 points (+12|-8) ago 

Trump doesn't give a shit about internet anonymity and I wish he did.

I doubt you actually care either, beyond a few empty platitudes about IP addresses and committees.

Identity is about information. A person's preferences constitute the bulk of the identifying information. The songs you listen to on websites, the videos, the search terms, the misspellings, the times of day you are active, the pattern of key-presses and mouse clicks, the web pages you visit, the number of bytes in the URL your sister emailed you, etc. That's your identity. They distinguish you from everybody else with fantastic accuracy. You are the statistics of what you do. And if you use your name in connection with them once, ever, they can track everything you do for life. There is no privacy, no anonymity, just deluded chimps hooting about the subject like they are using human words.

Just shut up and act like you live in a tiny Medieval village where everybody knows everything about you. Or use radical hand-rolled communication tools and extreme paranoia to avoid tracking. There is no middle ground. Play by digital Moscow rules and use perfect spycraft, or STFU.

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[–] jerry 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Meh, fair enough sassy

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[–] 7646869? 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

The songs you listen to on websites, the videos, the search terms, the misspellings

Only if they can be linked/connected. If I watch from various IP addresses and browser fingerprints, they know those songs have been watched, but can't tell it's the same person.

the pattern of key-presses and mouse clicks

browser.send_pings = false

extreme paranoia to avoid tracking

You're contradicting yourself here. The bulk of your post assumes tracking is real, and now you're calling it paranoid. It's not paranoid to think tracking exists. Paranoid means delusional.