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[liberationtech] The Paradox in Privacy Paradox
carlo von lynX
lynX at time.to.get.psyced.org
Fri Mar 3 13:30:00 PST 2017
Alright, so a friend suggested I should take a look at this
new podcast from WNYC, a "non-profit, noncommercial, public
radio station located in New York City." It's supposed to
tell you all about privacy, so it makes completely sense
that the first thing you bump into as you try to find the
RSS podcast button on the website is an e-mail dropbox where
you are invited to identify yourself in order to get information
about how to keep your anonymity.
Wait, there are play buttons. Maybe I can download the shows
as I don't want my browser to expose how many times I skip back
in the show because I misunderstood or fell asleep. No- wait!
permitted to listen to the radio show *under the condition*
Of course WNYC would say they are noncommercial, they are not
trust them! Then WTF is that code block of Google Analytics
doing just there at the end of the HTML source? Isn't that a
radical departure from your claim of being noncommercial? Oh,
YOU are not making any profit with it? You are ONLY letting
Google have all the data about your listeners? Are you nuts?
Are you completely irresponsible?
Now that I am looking at the source.. what about extracting the
mp3 links from it? Indeed, here's one:
Oh no, it only downloads the first minute of the show which
mostly contains advertisements for other privacy promotion
institutions such as the recently scandal-shaken Mozilla
(Have you heard, "Firefox Focus" sends data to adjust.com
without prior consent. Good job, Mozilla!).
Let me try the next episode:
Dimples. No luck here, either.
So exactly how am I supposed to listen into this show if I'm
not allowed to maintain my privacy? Is this the Ghostery sort
of deal where you are granted privacy except from the company
granting it to you?
After all we all need a business model somehow, in the US of A.
No wait, WNYC is noncommercial, so I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING
WRONG! I must simply be missing that link to a regular RSS file
that I can use with a regular podcast player, free and happily
anonymized via Tor. With all the liberty of not letting anyone
know my listening habits and who I am.
Dear WNYC, it's not like it cannot be done. German state media
give out hundreds of television and radio shows to the Internet
for free consumption EACH DAY. Alright, Germans pay a lot to
finance that, still it is out there - excellent independent
journalism dismantling the political situation in the USA and
the world better than any English spoken media I've bumped into
on the net. Telling you the truth about inequality, globalization,
climate collapse, the true face of capitalism and the demise of
democracy. And we have the by far largest number of compelling
documentaries on privacy, anonymity and the Snowden revelations.
If Germany has a better democracy than the US, this is one of the
reasons. Whereas declared noncommercial radio stations in NYC are
selling out their visitors to Google Analytics. SHAME ON YOU.
Your belief in oblivious capitalist methods is not only killing
the Internet, it is breaking YOUR democracy.
Want to get some news, even in English language, without activating
It's all out there, paid by German citizen. For you to peruse free
of charge and surveillance. Go ahead, get some!
Let me know when there is a free, libre and tracking-free RSS
file listing the mp3s of the shows, dear WNYC. I know you're not
doing it on purpose. And German media sites have tracking scripts,
Have a nice evening.
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