‘purpose-built alternatives’ neededStriking a balance between advertising and ad blocking
a guide for beginnersHow to Make a Website - Step-by-Step Guide
‘a people-focused alternative’IndieWebify.Me – “a guide to getting you on the IndieWeb”
to reduce barriers to securityLet's Encrypt
‘no gatekeepers’Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet
“free and open Internet”The Free Internet Project
simple, useful referenceHTTP Status Codes
‘back-end data sharing’The hidden perils of cookie syncing
Once two trackers sync cookies, they can exchange user data between their servers.
‘disregard for user privacy’Google just banned our new Android app before it even launched
an overview of threatsInternet predators
to advance ‘actionable change’Trustworthy Internet Movement
‘law enforcement hacking’You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube
self-hosted curation toolnemex.io
a tiny app that helps you to track and curate ideas and projects
on the need for accessibilityAn Alphabet of Accessibility Issues
‘a global task force’webcompat.com – “Bug reporting for the internet.”
‘the consumers lose’Google, Twitch, and the inexorable grind of capitalism
‘fast, free and uncensored’DNS.WATCH
Note: This is not an endorsement.
latest user deception toolsThe Web never forgets: Persistent tracking mechanisms in the wild
‘startling methods’ of deceptionHacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet
minus the adsNeocities: Create your free website now!
Note: This is not an endorsement.
‘developed over decades’40 maps that explain the internet
‘the evolving web platform’WebComponents.org – “A place to discuss and evolve Web Component best-practices”
‘create your library’Raindrop.io - Smart bookmarks
Note: This is not an endorsement.
‘part of our past’Immersion: a people-centric view of your email life
It’s about self-reflection, art, privacy and strategy.
‘high quality...fast loading’Brick. Webfonts that actually look good.
Related: Web Open Font Format
countries behaving badlyA Short Guide to the Internet’s Biggest Enemies
‘the easy road’Secret: Do we need another way to be selfish on the internet?
a new formPopup ads are back
...just because it works, doesn't mean you should do it.
how's the weather?Forecast Font – “a web-font for creating multi-layered weather icons”
Note: This is not an endorsement.
‘different kind of attack’The New Threat: Targeted Internet Traffic Misdirection
Note: Promotional vehicle.
Note: This is not an endorsement. The dailywebthing has no affiliation with the company behind this service.
‘junk-filled installer’ (again)The Safe Mac » Boycott CNET’s Download.com
Related (from 2011):
dailywebthing linkport: ‘gauntlet of crapware’
new collaboration toolIntroducing TogetherJS
“You’re smart!”Smart Quotes for Smart People
Note: This post is a dailywebthing experiment. Results may vary.
'extreme private browsing'Epic Privacy Browser
Note: This is not an endorsement.
selling an ugly visionThe Internet Must Go
deceiving the userDark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
a laugh (to create awareness)PRSM - The Sharing Network
'users are humans'Human Interest
Common courtesy requires that we assume first that we are inconveniencing others unless we're told otherwise, showing respect for their time and attention.
uses your browsing dataLumi
A new and easy way to find things that interest you
(see Privacy Page)
'Last revised 20 Feb 97'A Brief History of the Internet
List: RSS ReadersGoogle Reader alternatives
a matter of privacyYahoo Starts Scanning Emails
so much for 'open messaging'Google Abandons Open Standards for Instant Messaging
'killing innovation'Google, destroyer of ecosystems
'browser and platform wars'Predictions for the Web in 2013
something to consider...What is Do Not Track (DNT)?
Note: Promotional vehicle.
'mostly faded away'The Web We Lost
a 'cooling-off period'Congressman Issa's “Internet Law Freeze”: Appealing but Impractical
'drag, edit, save, share'easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online
future of 'shared networks'Open Wireless Movement
pro openness and creativityPublic Knowledge
...preserves the openness of the Internet and the public's access to knowledge, promotes creativity through balanced copyright, and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.
'strange and creepy'On the Leakiness of Surveillance Culture, the Corporate Gaze, and What That Has To Do With the New Aesthetic [Eduardo Morais' stream]
.htaccess file helper.htTool
This is a small tool to help you with generating your .htaccess file. It's a collection of tips, tricks and techniques used in .htaccess files to provide functionality or boost performance.
Note: This is not an endorsement.
towards open web standardsWebPlatform.org – Your Web, documented
(see Open Web Platform)
'record is not inspiring'There’s a big hole in the ad-industry privacy initiative. It’s called Facebook.
back to 1941...Web History, a timeline
overview of 3 initiativesClass Central
A complete list of free online courses offered by Stanford's Coursera, MIT and Harvard led edX (MITx HardvardX BerkeleyX), and Udacity
'state of the Web'The Web Index
Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world's first multi-dimensional measure of the Web's growth, utility and impact on people and nations...
'nearing an impasse'The Trouble with ID Cookies: Why Do Not Track Must Mean Do Not Collect
'distributed social networking'Introducing Tent:
Tent - the decentralized social web
ToS;DRTerms of Service; Didn't Read by Unhosted
"I have read and agree to the Terms" is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that.
Related: Open Notice
on the ugliness of bullies...This is what online harassment looks like
'a free and open Internet'Declaration of Internet Freedom
'We take it for granted.'The impossibility of imagining information discovery in the past
There's a whole class of information that's both trivially easy for Web-literate people to access today and virtually impossible to access with tools from even 10 or 15 years ago...
online consumer protectionFact Sheet: Plan to Protect Privacy in the Internet Age by Adopting a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
'beautifully unified distraction'Why I stopped using Gmail
'God help you.'The Five Stages of Hosting
the missing option...A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money
I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.
Who built this puppy?Humans TXT: We Are People, Not Machines.
'defending an open Internet'Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet | The White House
bad behaviorWomen as Entertainment in the SEO Industry
It's all about censorship... (2)Don't Break the Internet
It's all about censorship...An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
more on 'Do Not Track'"Do Not Track" standards for the Web: The work is starting.
'interplay'The evolution of the web
The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.
How honest is your ISP?Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic in the United States
'some other purpose'Why I'd never work for Google, Twitter, or Facebook
Google+ isn't about sharing cat pictures, it's about serving ads. Twitter's massive network of 140-character bits of information isn't about connecting people across the globe or to view current trends in worldwide thinking, it's about serving ads. Facebook isn't about entertaining yourself with games or sharing interesting links, it's about serving ads.
'open source experiment'BrowserID – "A better way to sign in."
'easy hacking'It's not just Big Brother watching (ads)
running the numbersRemembrance of Links Past
Measuring link rot with a computer program is tricky because URLs have a number of different decay products...
What if?Project Kleinrock
Project Kleinrock is an attempt to create an autonomous and decentralized "second layer" of the Internet, which can operate without the use of Internet Service Providers. This network can be set up using nothing more than common household wifi routers. It works by creating a web of routers, connected to each other by switching them into repeater mode...
'a living computer nightmare'FaceFacts
Topical: Internet SecurityThe Security Skeptic – "about all matters related to Internet Security, from domain name and network security to phishing and malware"
since 1996First Monday – "one of the first openly accessible, peer-reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet"
online 'privacy manager'SelectOut
SelectOut is here to help enlighten internet users about their choices, the companies that are behind data online, and give users the options choose for themselves.
connectivity by communityNational Broadband Map – "a searchable and interactive website that allows users to view broadband availability across every neighborhood in the United States"
'Why should I care?'The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality
'here at home'Stop the Internet Blacklist!
Update 9/30/10 - Related:
Victory: Internet Censorship Bill is Delayed, For Now
'inspiring apologies'Sorry I Haven't Posted
'Q &A for power users'Web Apps - Stack Exchange
'flow switching'An Internet 100 times as fast
too many eggs in one basket?
'a step closer'Toward the Semantic Web
If the current Web is like a giant text file - which you can search for instances of particular words – the Semantic Web would be like a database, where every item of information is categorized, and new queries can combine categories in any imaginable way. You could, for instance, search the Web for a restaurant within a mile of a railway station in a town with a theater that offers vegetarian lasagna and at least one lamb dish. And if you wanted the restaurant's menu, you could pull up just the menu – not page after page of review sites that happened to use the word "menu."
changes (for the better)Prescience (Or: Who Wants A Stylus?)
on 'personal data ownership'Facebook claims data portability is criminal
misleading open letter?Jobs on Flash: Hypocrisy So Thick You Could Cut it with a Knife (in response to Apple's Thoughts on Flash)
List: Various Web Initiatives
'How interesting.'Your company's urge to tweet
'relaxation and liberalization'Canon to begin acquisition of the ".canon" Top-Level Domain name [Surfstation]
bravo for saying itAdvertising is devastating to my well-being
I run my own website(s) at a loss specifically because I'd rather pay out of my own pocket than force people to look at ads. Admittedly my sites are so small that it's not much money. But there you have it. If I had to generate revenue to keep my sites going, I would find a way other than advertising to do it. Or I'd shut them down.
on 'Google and its partners'
- Google Click Fraud Inflates Conversion Rates and Tricks Advertisers into Overpaying (January 12, 2010)
- Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware (January 5, 2010 - Updated, January 7, 2010)
- How Google and Its Partners Inflate Measured Conversion Rates and Inflate Advertisers' Costs (May 13, 2009)
which comes firstExcessive internet use is linked to depression
Our research indicates that excessive internet use is associated with depression, but what we don't know is which comes first - are depressed people drawn to the internet or does the internet cause depression?
'privacy-friendly' searchStartpage Web Search
'prevent google from tracking'GoogleSharing :: A Special Kind Of Proxy
Is your data safe? (2)
- Official Google Blog: A new approach to China
Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.
- Official Google Enterprise Blog: Keeping your data safe
This attack may understandably raise some questions, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share some additional information and assure you that Google is introducing additional security measures to help ensure the safety of your data.
banking/e-commerce at riskCreating a rogue CA certificate
This successful proof of concept shows that the certificate validation performed by browsers can be subverted and malicious attackers might be able to monitor or tamper with data sent to secure websites. Banking and e-commerce sites are particularly at risk because of the high value of the information secured with HTTPS on those sites. With a rogue CA certificate, attackers would be able to execute practically undetectable phishing attacks against such sites.
WTF?Opinion Mart pop-ups are annoying many on the web and it appears that BBC's news site has just started to impose these pop-ups on its users (at least, here in the U.S.). Shame on you BBC!
odd data visualizationW3.org's Historical Browser Statistics (Flash)
'new and untested'OpenDNS Blog » Some thoughts on Google DNS
net neutrality, privacy & securityCenter for Democracy & Technology | Keeping the Internet Open, Innovative and Free
Regional IP Number Look-up
'free and open Web'World Wide Web Foundation
Advance the Web. Empower People.
We envision a Web that empowers all people, including billions excluded today, by providing new opportunities for creativity, collaboration, teaching, learning, enterprise and a better life. To reach this goal, the Web Foundation will put the power of the Web into the hands of people around the world through effective, high-impact programs.
'retrocomputing' and other funFloodgap Systems [Trivium]
Is your data safe?Facebook and MySpace security: backdoor wide open, millions of accounts exploitable
Facebook and MySpace fixed this quickly after being notified...
'Internet'We're removing all links to Pew Internet articles – many are 404.
'subtle security holes'Secure computers aren't so secure
big stats, dumb headlineOne billion a day turn to YouTube
YouTube now gets over a billion hits a day, according to a new video blog post by the founder of the website.
Impressive stats, but a billion hits is not the same as a billion visitors, silly!
'sophisticated ways'Online thieves step up bank raids
'cyberpsychology'The Psychology of Cyberspace
This hypertext book explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks. It presents an evolving conceptual framework for understanding how people react to and behave within cyberspace: what I call "the psychology of cyberspace" - or simply "cyberpsychology."
– John Suler, Ph.D.
'widespread computer attack'Governments hit by cyber attack
'silent crowds'Twitter hype punctured by study
Micro-blogging service Twitter remains the preserve of a few, despite the hype surrounding it, according to research.
Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content, a Harvard study of 300,000 users found.
'impersonal and irrelevant'Zach Klein: "I liked the Internet better when it was nebulous, and now I'm depressed that it shaping up to be a social pyramid."
big cable hates competitionSave NC Broadband.com
another (useless) limited resourceHow old is the Internet?
'stretching the law'Net firms start storing user data
Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive...
'integrity of the internet'Web founder's 'snooping' warning
'the Facebook bandwagon'No poking please: Why I never joined Facebook
He's got a point...BeatingAddiction - fight social network addiction through social networking? Come on now dammit!!!!
'your own data on your own website'Why you should have a Web Site (and other Web 3.0 issues)
Web 2.0 is damaging to the Web by dividing it into topical sub-webs...
'informative and interesting'History of the Internet – "an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet"
government 'filtering' (2)Net firms rebuff filtering plan
Australian government plans to filter net use have been rebuffed by local internet service providers (ISPs).
'fallback strategy'Massive botnet returns from the dead, starts spamming
government 'filtering'No Clean Feed - Stop Internet Censorship in Australia
[Everything on the Internet is true]
a new presence...Change.gov – "Office of the President-Elect"
'distinct mental condition'Psychiatrist Dr. Jerald Block tells Wikinews about addiction to the Internet
'a happy ending'Domainr – "helps you explore the entire domain name space beyond the ubiquitous..." [happy notes*]
'brains are sensitive'Internet use 'good for the brain'
'e-therapy'Cognitive therapy just a click away
annoyance 'enabled by default'Disabling Snap Shots PopUps
silly web!The Ultimate Social Media Addict: Follow Your Houseplant on Twitter
fakes selling fakesClipboards hijacked in web attack
supporting net neutralitySave the Internet
'for people who love words'Wordie [Disarranging Mine]
so much for your privacy rights...Court Ruling Will Expose Viewing Habits of YouTube Users
'did not inform customers'Call to prosecute BT for ad trial
says Candadian privacy groupFacebook 'violates privacy laws'
from BBC's 'Click' programIdentity 'at risk' on Facebook
Related: Click's Facebook security advice
open source aerial funWhere On Earth Is Waldo?
He's got a point...Most Bloggers Don't Deserve Any Ad Revenue
The Gumbaby Project is an attempt to gather together a directory of comments posted on blogs (and guestbooks, and other inappropriate places) by people apparently led astray by search engines. Certain threads on some sites seem to attract confusion over and over again. People arrive at a blog, mistake the author for a celebrity, an expert, or an authority, and they begin talking as if that's who was listening.
snooping and profilingThe Phorm 'Webwise' System
Related post: 'fears over the future of the internet'
issue is 'privacy' not 'piracy'Policing internet 'not ISP's job'
The head of one of Britain's biggest internet providers has criticised the music industry for demanding that he act against pirates.
Related: ISPs could face piracy sanctions
cravings and urges?Recognize Internet addiction as a mental illness, MD urges
'fears over the future of the internet'Web creator rejects net tracking Related:
Phorm 'illegal' says policy group
Phorm needs 'better protection'
comics gone socialPixton™ - The User-Generated Comic Strip
'legal weapon against competitors'Adobe Pushes DRM for Flash
according to 'Wikinews'Malicious code inserted into Wikipedia pages spreads computer virus
a sorry stateStylizedWeb.com:
"Everybody's doing it" is just the right sentence for Google AdSense. Everywhere you look, sites are crowded with AdSense and why shouldn't they if it's easy way to make money.
'blog like a person'Have Blogs Lost Their Humanity? & Links
'judgmental nitpickers'Can You Say Nazi? – "A How To Guide to getting Accepted in the Exclusive World of Web Elitists"
'can detect rampant stupidity'StupidFilter – "Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases." (go random) [Ireneo's Memory]
'modern self-portraits'Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism
...Social networking websites may make relationships more reliable, but whether those relationships can be humanly satisfying remains to be seen.[Justin Blanton]
on the 'mini marketing machine'Go from hell
No damn advertising at all. I don't care how warm and fuzzy Google is, I don't want to be tracked like an animal and "targeted" with anything, least of all guesswork about what I want, no matter how educated that guesswork is.
new interactive annoyance formatGoogle AdWords Introduces Google Gadget Ads, a New Interactive Ad Format
'unacceptable intrusion'German spyware plans trigger row – "German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious e-mails have drawn sharp criticism."
how secure?Bloggers battered by viral storm
Google's Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs.
The fake entries contain weblinks that lead to booby-trapped downloads that could infect a Windows PC.
'A lovely idea crumbled...'Why you now need to login to post comments...
company denies security breachMonster attack steals user data
US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen...
dealing with 'inbox overflow'"Sentenc.es is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be a pre-determined number sentences or less. It's that simple." (thanks Vasta)
thin-skinned KingMalaysia cracks down on bloggers
'many different webservices'test everything — 100+ tools in one!
search plusYubNub – "a (social) command line for the web"
Evil Google? Looks like a duck.New YouTube Interface for Embedded Videos
On the con side, you're also opening up your website to changes which you never specifically approved (other than all the general legal approvals you give a site by agreeing to their Terms of Service). If one day you decide that all the interface changes, or ads YouTube rolls out, are becoming too distracting for your visitors, the burden of replacing all embedded code and finding another host (if you kept your video files in the first place!) lies on you.
a place to put a pagepage of text . com – "create a new page of text to edit by yourself or with others"
'DomainKeys Identified Mail'Backing for tool to battle spam
'perfect place'Immersed in Japan's media pods
attack of the botnets?Estonia hit by 'Moscow cyber war'
'Remember the community Yahoo?'Flickr = Censorship
'eliminating all third parties'Google Acquires Internet (May 2017)
'open to attack'Users warned on Windows cursors – "Animated cursors could prove risky for Windows users, Microsoft has warned...."
beware of IE7 promoToday's Other Malware Threat: IE7.0.exe
'mixed views'Brazil rainforest internet plan – "A move to provide free internet access to native Indian tribes to help protect the Amazon rainforest from illegal logging has been announced in Brazil..."
killing the music...Royalties threaten internet radio
In a decision which the internet radio stations say was influenced by the record labels, it has ruled that royalties should rise from .08 cents per track to .19 cents by 2010.
tech predictionsFragrant future beckons for web
Within a decade the net will be able to deliver smells as fast as it does data, predicts a report.
The forecast came in a wide-ranging survey produced by the South Korean government to find out what consumers will want from future technologies.
3 'key servers' targetedHackers attack heart of the net
good to know...Debit card versus credit card – "Your federal debit card legal rights are weaker than your credit card rights."
simple advice worth repeating...Security Response Weblog:
To protect yourself against these threats, do not trust unsolicited files or documents about 'interesting' topics. Do not open attachments unless they are expected and come from a known and trusted source.
'a worthwhile reminder'Google Security Hole Allows Account Hijacking
online thoughts...On Inconsiderate Commenting – "Unfortunately, not all change is good, and as we become 'more connected,' in many ways we're becoming less connected."
restoring the 'promise'Web censorship 'bypass' unveiled – "A tool has been created capable of circumventing government censorship of the web, according to researchers."
'compulsive internet use'US shows signs of net addiction
How secure is Blogger (and Google)?Official Google Blog: About that fake post
'insult advertising'Today We Got a Spam-Type E-Mail
true. or not.Report: Entire world to blog within 12 months
'get unaffiliated'Dead2.0: 11 Suggestions For Not Being a Dot-Bomb 2.0
'that shallow buzzword'Web 2.0 is Bull, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web 2.0
exploring color and shapeHypertemporality Animations
research study...The Safety of Internet Search Engines
research study...The Safety of Internet Search Engines
says he's 'being persecuted'US 'spyware maker' fined profits
A man accused of infecting PCs with spyware has been fined $4m.
The US Federal Trade Commission has ordered Sanford Wallace to hand over the money he made by putting the unwanted software on computers.
more on 'network neutrality'US Congress drafting bill that may affect Internet freedoms
useful tips/pointers...Research reveals phishing hooks
gone phishing...European phishing gangs targeted
Microsoft is launching legal action against 100 phishing gangs based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
By the end of March, 53 cases will have begun said Microsoft, with all 100 filed by the end of June.
'victory for our users'Judge tells DoJ 'No' on search queries
Internet TVParticipatory Culture Foundation
strengthens social ties...Internet serves as 'social glue'
'reality check'I've had better conversations with corpses
'information operations'US plans to 'fight the net' revealed
When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.
It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.
"Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.
The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.
updated 11/05World Internet Usage Statistics and Population Stats
users' top ten linksThe Year In The Internet 2005
new 'bookmarking engine'BlinkList
on privacy...Is the NSA Reading Your E-Mail?
browser news...End nears for Mac version of IE
spoken search resultsSpeegle Speak Perfect Web Search
'blog bashing'Local newspaper displeased with blogs
online buyers beware...Abusive Bait and Switch Camera Store
Related (12/1): An Apology Letter...
privacy issue...Friendster's sneak attack on your anonymity
reform proposals...US rejects changes to net control – "The US has rejected calls by European Union (EU) officials to give control of the net over to a more representative United Nations (UN) body."
holding funds...PayPal freezes $20k in hurricane relief donations - Wikinews
major programs comparedWhat P2P Programs Install What Spyware?
re: broadcast flagBBC News: Courts question anti-piracy rule
The US broadcast regulator has been told by appeal judges it has "crossed the line" with an anti-piracy tag which stops programmes being copied...
internet patentsGROKLAW: Step Into My Parlor, Said the Spider to the Fly -- MS's Royalty-Free Protocol Licenses
unclear company policyBBC: Blogger grounded by her airline. "A US airline attendant is fighting for her job after she was suspended over postings on her blog, or online diary..."
AORTAL - the anti-portal,
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