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originally posted by: alphabetaone
a reply to: dreamingawake
Nah that's not true. Unless the people running TOR are also willing to provide your browsing history, which they might for all I know, but it's relatively unlikely.
I will add though, that if there are any proxy servers that one CAN trust, your best bet is still through a proxy and not some series of routers setup by unknown faces.
Does using encryption make you a bigger target for the NSA?
Soon after the Guardian released the first of many whistleblower documents, describing NSA domestic spying activities in the United States, readers began asking, "Because of all the snooping, should I start encrypting my email?" The answer seemed simple....
Answering the question of whether to encrypt or not became significantly less simple a few weeks later when the Guardian released Minimization Procedures Used by the National Security Agency, a document gleaned from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Edward Snowden. Section Five of the paper is of particular interest (courtesy of the Guardian).
Last October, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a set of privacy rules on ISPs that restrict them from sharing your online data with third parties without your consent and require them to adopt "reasonable measures" to protect consumers' data from hackers.
However, now the FCC suspended privacy rules before they came into effect.
The reason? President Donald Trump's newly appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican and ex-Verizon lawyer. Ajit Pai, who has openly expressed his views against net neutrality in the past, just last week said during a speech at Mobile World Congress that Net Neutrality was "a mistake" and indicated that the Commission is now moving back to internet regulations.
Now, Pai suspends privacy rules on ISPs, arguing that they favored companies like Google and Facebook, which are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), over internet providers like Comcast and Verizon.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: dreamingawake
hahaha, perhaps the population will now take seriously the privilege of the internet. The internet is a privilege, not a right IMO. This has zero effect on people who stick to the real world for the majority of human interaction as well s shopping.
So does the ISP still know your browsing history if you go through VPN's ??
The UK now wields unprecedented surveillance powers — here’s what it means
The UK government will keep a record of every website every citizen visits for up to a year, with this information also including the apps they use on their phone, and the metadata of their calls. This information is known as internet connection records, or ICRs, and won’t include the exact URL of each site someone visits, but the base domain. For this particular webpage, for example, the government would know you went to www.theverge.com, the time you visited, how long you stayed, your IP address, and some information about your computer — but no individual pages.
Each Internet Service Provider (ISP) and mobile carrier in the UK will have to store this data, which the government will pay them to do. Police officers will then be able to access a central search engine known as the "request filter" to retrieve this information. Exactly how this request filter will work still isn’t clear (will you be able to find every visitor to a certain website, for example, then filter that down to specific weeks or days?), but it will be easy to tie browsing data to individuals. If you sign a contract for your phone, for example, that can be linked to your web history.
Trump Sets Sights On Net Neutrality Rules
Next up on President Donald Trump's to-do list? Unraveling Obama-era net neutrality rules, the president's spokesman Sean Spicer said late this week. Enacted in February 2015 under then-president Barack Obama, these rules classified large companies like Comcast (cmcsa, +0.21%) that deliver Internet to consumers as public utilities.
That meant those companies were unable to discriminate against content providers based on the type and amount of content delivered. The goal was to prevent them from providing fast lanes for some companies (including themselves) and slow lanes for other content providers like Netflix (nflx, -0.17%), Google (goog, -0.23%), or Facebook (fb, -0.22%).
originally posted by: Aazadan
a reply to: alphabetaone
It's very cost prohibitive in low population density. It's approximately $3/foot to run proper cabling. In high population densities like apartments that's not too bad, but in low population density it's pretty expensive. Half the country lives in fairly rural settings, so our cost for this type of infrastructure is much higher than some areas of the country that get good internet speeds.
Years ago whitefi was supposed to fix all of this, by providing cheap and easy access to wifi without requiring the last mile expense. But that fizzled out, and isn't even very fast by todays standards.
Wifi repeaters are a bad idea too. Think about how they work, every repeater you add increases latency because the signal has to go to your router, to the repeaters, and back again. A network built on lots of repeaters is going to have really high latency.
Something you may be interested in is an idea known as meshnets, but again they only really work with a high population density.
. What communities should do, is setup a community Domain.