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Terrell Russell: This Old Network | Googlonymous not so Anonymous
The idea behind the site is apparently to inform the public about how our surveillance culture is quickly outstripping our awareness and then to empower them to not be tracked by one of our most favorite technologies today, Google’s Search.
However, ironically, the very embedded video on that site - a copy of CNBC’s report entitled “Big Brother, Big Business” is itself streamed from the very company that the site is trying to help us circumvent.
The video is (currently) hosted at Google Video.
Enterprising engineers at Google could probably very easily, if they wanted, cross-reference your access of Googlonymous and Google Video from the same IP at the same time. It seems the motivation of not streaming the video themselves, the owners of Googlonymous have fallen victim to the lure of convenience and price that is mentioned in the CNBC report they’re publicizing.
When the price is right, we give up some of our privacy and therefore a bit of our liberty. This is not really news - the only reason it’s notable today is the irony.
“Search Google anonymously” and at the same time “stream video from Google”.
Not so anonymous.
The tools of the information age are shiny and neat - but they come with a price for all their magic.
Originally posted by gotrox
Use firefox with noscript and a plugin that constantly sends out generated search terms---trackmenot.
One, it doesn't hide your searches. If the government wants to know who's been searching on "al Qaeda recruitment centers," it won't matter that you've made ten thousand other searches as well -- you'll be targeted.