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The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also -- and in practice this is likely more important -- challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality.
Inject end-to-end encryption for Web browsing. Add e-mail that's stored in encrypted form, so even Calyx can't read it after it arrives. Wrap all of this up into an easy-to-use package and sell it for competitive prices
Imagine… a telecommunications company that puts privacy as its highest value and believes that the users should have the ultimate control and possession over their communications and data. The Calyx Institute is poised to turn this prospect into reality by launching the first privacy-focused Internet service and Mobile telephone service utilizing ubiquitous, opportunistic encryption as part of its research and development in privacy technology. Calyx's charter directs it to use all legal and technical resources available to protect the rights of its constituents and customers.
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
reply to post by XPLodER
Well in my experience VPN's do nothing to stop trackers or advertisements. Nor does TLS/SLL (https) stop trackers or advertisements.
edit: what you are talking about would simply stop the ISP from tracking your activity. And they aren't authorized to share your personal data anyway (well they are now because of CISPA, but only to the Government).
edit: well actually, yes, a VPN would stop trackers, but only because the tracker would be trying to track the IP of the remote computer which you are funneling your connection through.edit on 9-5-2012 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by petrus4
Bandwidth originally didn't cost anything. When Capitalism first discovered the Internet, the first thing that the big telcos did, was attempt to make bandwidth expensive. This is for two reasons.
a] It means more profit for them. (The obvious one)
b] It prevents companies or organisations like the one mentioned in the OP, from existing. It does not matter how altruistic or co-operatively minded you might want to be yourself, if at the end of the day you still have to pay for both incoming and outgoing bandwidth, at a price which is entirely arbitrarily set by someone else.
Psychopaths are evangelical. They want everyone else to be like them. Capitalism gives them a fantastic tool for ensuring that, by ensuring that everyone else has to act in an equally psychopathic manner, in order to be able to pay the commodity prices, rental prices etc that they set. There is no way around it, and that is entirely by design.
Originally posted by LordOfArcadia
I love the idea in theory but it falls apart in practice.
Even if this one ISP is successful there is the problem of infrastructure. Running an ISP is hard. I am friends with two separate people that have run indie ISPs and I have been a paid consultant for a local WISP. Running copper (much less fiber) is expensive and unfortunately wireless is not up to snuff for the multitudes.
All is not lost for those that value privacy though. I have been working on (unfortunately it is on the back burner) a Linux distro, software package and hardware specs, for a rig designed for a SHTF situation. The short story would be an opensourced OS designed around privacy with TOR and other non-centralized encryption protocols built into the OS paired with HAM radio packet installation out of the box.
Basically, I envision a USB thumb drive that you can plug into any computer and run an ad hoc network that is independent from the Net. Obviously you would need to have a radio. And if you want to have a robust network, you would need your users to understand the basics of repeaters, etc.
In short, I love the idea presented here, but unfortunately, I think that train has left the station. What I (and I hope other like minded people) will prepare for is a situation wherein the tools are in place to create new networks when they are needed.edit on 9-5-2012 by LordOfArcadia because: (no reason given)