A well-argued piece from @slightlyoff as to why we need to bring more capability to web, and why the privacy concerns brought up by Mozilla and Apple are kind of a red herring.

infrequently.org/2020/06/platf

My brief time in W3C-land was filled with people yelling 'but fingerprinting!' any time someone proposed something useful. (Fingerprinting is the idea that the more features your browser exposes, the easier it is for a third party to track you as an individual collection of features.)

Apple's "structural under-investment" (as Alex puts it) in the browser is the main reason why iOS users on my instance have to resort to third-party apps to read posts on this server (no native notifications). This results in them having to use code that is authored by strangers instead of code that is maintained and run by me, their trusted admin. (Yes I suppose I could write an iOS app but it would take me a few years to learn to do that.)

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Maybe I'm putting words in Alex's mouth, but the article more or less matches my thoughts at the time I was doing W3C stuff (2011): we are already fingerprinted and tracked to death. Alex points out that simply not using Tor means you are fully trackable no matter what other protections are in place. Since we are already living in this fully-tracked world, why not actually enhance browser features that will lead to better security along OTHER vectors like the one in my above post?

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@darius yes, this! we're running an interview with sarah t hamid of the carceral tech resistance network for our next logic issue, and one of the *snaps* things she talks about is how this threat of surveillance capitalism has shifted the focus of surveillance to "oh creepy" instead of looking at the specific threats posted by specific communities of surveillance. this seems like a concrete example of that—focusing on privacy broadly, as opposed to the impact of that lack of privacy specifically

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@christa @darius what bothers me the most is that propietary surveillance capitalist video streaming services are most people's first introduction to video streaming and they don't look further. I'm so fucking sick of corporate platforms. Someone's gotta make the privacy respecting free open source stuff more accessible and easier to use. And more popular.

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