We all understand the incredible power the internet wields in our lives today. And yet all the big players seem to have no serious interest or ability in building an internet that provides good value, security and privacy at scale. And every single one seems to have curious founders and beginnings associated with persons involved with government agencies of various stripes.
The worst offenders need no elaboration. In the early days we loved to hate Micro$oft, Yahuuuu, and Netscrape. Now we worry about Faceborg’s over the top invasive data collection, with it even trying to contract with hospitals to get personal medical records! Their interest in collecting everything on everyone certainly should bring a smile of delight from the control freaks that want to run the planet.
In the run up to the 2020 Elections the ways in which our voices are silenced will likely be beyond belief. If there ever was a time to pray for God to place his hand on the technologies such that they serve his purposes, now is that time.
Another excessively large and questionable player, the Goolag, loves to build everything in a way that allows data collection on pretty much everything they touch.
And they aren’t afraid to use their search engines to not only manipulate public perceptions, but undercut their competition as well.
The article partly shown above, Search Risk – How Google Almost Killed ProtonMail, chronicles the year long battle by ProtonMail to get them to “fix” a problem that was killing search access to their site and product information. It cost the company some serious loss of revenues. Here’s more of the story…
Our VSG Lion PDJT has made sport of our enemies using the online media giant I like to call Twister, even using it to call out the service when it shut down the accounts of James Woods and Mary Ann Mendoza (among others). We should all be infuriated by their heavy handed ways that distort, throttle and even silence the voice of our conservative Patriot “digital army.”
With all that said, the hidden 500 pound Gorilla controlling much of the internet today is a company called CloudFlare. You many not even know how much power they wield over much of the global internet traffic. They have built a global infrastructure that virtually replaces the federation model of an internet run by multiple providers at every layer. This puts way too much power into the hands of a small number of technocrats.
They took a lot of heat in their early days for not deplatforming a controversial site, and in the end they did indeed remove support for the site–on a whim of the CEO. And have more recently been in the news for deplatforming 8chan.
But make no mistake, the concerns over CloudFlare run far deeper than the ability to stop providing DDoS protection services. Some have suggested that the addition of certain new board members this past spring, may have been a factor in the decision to join in the smear campaign (and all out attack) on the home of the Qanon message board. That may be, but you can be sure that there have been many pressures to take sides in this war.
CloudFlare is now the Man-in-the-Middle of nearly everything that is on the internet. That means they can block access to site content, spy on everything that goes through their world-wide server network, and give higher paying customers faster internet traffic routing with faster results.
What could possibly go wrong?
In the days to come, it will become more and more important to have researched and developed alternative platforms for the sharing of information and real-time communications. Tech companies are going to keep promising that they care about your safety, security and privacy. And those same companies will not really care at all…
Finding alternative comms will not be as simple as getting a Gab account as we have discovered. While 8chan was in the crosshairs of those at war with free speech and the Q movement, Gab was next in line.
The troubles they have encountered are helping us all to see where the weak points are and hopefully develop better services in response. At this stage, it would seem that we need multiple modes for connecting in the hopes that not all of them are taken out at the same time.
At this point it would seem that CloudFlazi is going to be one to watch and to keep in our prayers. I’ve been given a server unreachable error message from CloudFlazi more than a few times when trying to reach Gab.com in the past month.
We are in this to win, with the help of God.
Let’s work to get wise and to stay connected!
Calendar side note: Today is also the beginning of the festival celebrated in India called Navaratri (meaning nine nights). It’s definitely not a Christian event, but Christians in the Indian culture do sometimes participate. Top line: it’s a celebration of good triumphing over evil. Under the hood: this is a purely Hindu festival with goddesses receiving worship as the heroines in the struggle against the demons of their mythology. As believers, understanding this holiday may help us open a conversation and offer a Christian perspective to our Indian friends.