The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history. “Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission. The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.”

PCWorld: How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome

PCWorld: How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome. “Incognito Mode in Chrome can keep your browsing history secret unless you have a nosy Internet Service Provider, and you’re not using a VPN. But one thing incognito doesn’t keep secret are any bookmarks you’ve got. If you’ve ever wanted to keep a private collection of bookmarks the Chrome extension Hush is one solution.”

Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief (Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail: Statistics Canada’s excuse for database outage not adding up: former chief. “Statistics Canada’s online database crashed for the second time in two weeks, failing on one of the federal government’s most important days – the unveiling of the budget. The latest data outage started this Wednesday. The failure occurred just days after Statscan’s online database of economic and social information, also known as CANSIM, suffered from a week-long blackout.”

Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it. “Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool that serves all of humanity.”

Internet Archive Chairman Brewster Kahle: The web is ‘not fun and games any more’ (Recode)

Recode: Internet Archive Chairman Brewster Kahle: The web is ‘not fun and games any more’. “Brewster Kahle, the entepreneur-turned-chairman of the Internet Archive, has a George Orwell saying on his mind: ‘If we allow those who control the present to control the past, then they control the future.’ This thought, pulled from Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ guides today’s work at the nonprofit Archive, which turned 20 years old last fall. The average life of a web page is 100 days, Kahle said on the latest Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and ‘most of the best of the web is already off the web.'”