We’re in the middle of a perfect storm for rollback of the ‘open web’ and burgeoning online surveillance” — that’s just the title of Alec Muffet’s post. He details a long list of issues, with everything from politics to lack of digital literacy by both activists and regulators.
We are in for a rough few years. There will be losses. The “app” ecosystem will likely take a big — possibly majority — chunk out of the “open web” as users demand features which are more easily built without the abstraction of traditional web/web-like services.
The users will suffer in the middle of this Godzilla battle, but nobody cares about them.
And actual privacy and anonymity will be on the back foot for a decade or more.
Oof. I’m feeling this but don’t want to believe it.