In the middle of the year 2017, May, ISPs gained full control over the rules governing deliverance of their services to enduser consumers. The restrictions barring ISPs from throttling streaming connections from lesser known services were lifted. That means ISPs that are owned by huge media companies like NBC are able to strongarm out any competition from lesser-known media companies. It will create a huge gap between the small-budget, indie projects that make it onto lesser-known broadcasters and the large budget, established franchises that get rebroadcasted by those big companies. Ultimately it’s very un-american, and very near-future dystopian when put in that light. I hope that we can come to our senses and reinstate our protections, but I tend to fear the worst as well. I just know that we will always have a balance, and for as bad and dystopian-y we can get, we will have our Zion a la the Matrix on the other end of that spectrum.
At the end of the year 2017, December, ISPs will be fully in the clear to start selling your personal browsing data to advertisers. While this has the benefit of allowing advertisers to waste less time and adspace on you, and get you better, more targeted ads via the dynamic delivery methods they have today, unfortunately it will also make your personal browsing data more likely to fall into the wrong hands. Whether those wrong hands be an oppressive government, a malicious group of hackers, or a someone that you personally disgruntled in the past. All of those are very real actors on this release of information into the corporate wild. You can take these steps to maintain privacy:
Read Kevin Mitnick’s The Art of Invisibility
Read this blog post on threat attribution and state actors
Follow these security workers on twitter: