It used to be the “world wide web”, free of censorship or geo-restrictions, providing anonymity unless you wished to reveal your identity. Remember 20yrs ago using Netscape, Usenet, and email signups that didn’t require anything besides a user name and password, and anonymous newsgroups/bulliten-boards? It has now been hijacked by well financed political-corporate entities and unelected EU officials who decide what is best for you, while forcing you to identify yourself and consent to having all your data and communications recorded and data mined so they can track and profit from all your on-line activity.
Many of you will have recently encountered blocked websites and videos or new “before you proceed” messages while you are websurfing. This is due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws that just went into effect in the EU. Some US based websites are blocking EU residents from accessing content, often displaying a server error message. Social media sites are demanding you accept new, very intrusive user agreements before letting you in. Some radio streams and podcasts display a message saying the content is unavailable in your location. Google searches are being censored for EU residents, filtering out previously available content, with many news articles now blocked. Google searches have abandoned any fair-ranking in their search results, pushing up their paying clients to the top of results, when previously the search results were prioritized by popularity. It is well documented that Google searches are now heavily politically influenced, pushing or suppressing info to promote their agenda. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Some Spanish ISPs are censoring file sharing websites like The Pirate Bay. UK news sites have blacked out coverage of stories the gov’t has deemed too sensitive for readers, which is bad for all freedom lovers regardless of which side you support. Even DigameXtra has been forced to implement new rules to comply with GDPR. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block.
Practical solutions to access blocked content? In some cases you will be able to use a VPN to “spoof” your location so sites think you are in a location where the content is available. Another trick to access blocked content is to open a ISP-changer website and enter the desired web address there to gain access. Try http://www.geekproxy.com/ or http://www.changetheip.com/
For uncensored search results try www.duckduckgo.com or http://www.gibiru.com/
To access Google Search without being tracked use www.startpage.com
There is a lot of info available on these subjects, easily found using uncensored search engines. These 2 articles are a good introduction to the topic. https://gizmodo.com/dozens-of-american-news-sites-blocked-in-europe-as-gdpr-1826319542
I warned Digame-Torrox readers about this 6yrs ago and was called a tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist. Now it is here. I don’t have a crystal ball, I just read the university and corporate research white-papers where these topics are discussed well before implementation. You would be shocked at what is being researched and developed for the future, and how much of it is already done. Here is a good introduction to “the internet of things” (IoT), where everything is chipped and monitored and networked with data bases of every CCTV and satellite surveillance feed; not just your smartphone, but also your toothbrush, every appliance, power switches, your car, your dentist office, your daily schedule calendar, all will constantly track everything you do in real time. This way your car’s hands free phone can inform you that it automatically made you a dentist appointment because your toothbrush has determined you are due for a cleaning. Do you really want your dentist and insurance company to know how often you brush your teeth? Any of you who activated the Cortana voice controlled digital assistant feature in Windows 10 has already had a small taste of this technology.
What is after that? In undergrad university computer science lectures on artificial intelligence (AI) it is commonly referred to as the “singularity”. They study it and develop the items it will require, assuming that is the future. In very simple terms it involves everyone constantly connected to the internet and Internet of Things while integrating Artificial Intelligence and block-chain technologies. All info about everything accessible 24hrs a day. Everything will be inter-connected and recorded…everything, with artificial intelligence constantly observing, learning and improving your limited human capacity. As a result, as futurist Ray Kurzweil put it, “by 2045 we will multiply our effective intelligence a billionfold by merging with the intelligence we have created.” Society will transform as it becomes impossible to lie, cheat, or hide anything. Everything will be public. Some say this is our path to the stars. As for me, I am reminded of that old song “In the Year 2525” by Zager & Evans, who it appears way overestimated how long the changes would take.