A piece of legislation actually supported by data collection companies, because it basically allows them to wash their hands of the whole issue: Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.
London investigators want the private Slack messages of a Londoner they suspect of bank fraud. The London police could go directly to Slack, a U. The London police would not necessarily need prior judicial review for this request. The London police would not be required to notify U. The London police would not need a probable cause warrant for this collection. Predictably, in this request, the London police might also collect Slack messages written by U.
Those messages could be read, stored, and potentially shared, all without the U. Those messages, if shared with U. This basically allows police states to trace web activity of individuals all over the world. Bottom line, as I wrote a year ago , is you will need to be even more vigilant with your online privacy than ever before! Then they had an election which effectively killed those plans so far. Congress just made trafficking victims less safe , not more.
Lately, there has been a lot of action to stop sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is basically organized forced rape of its victims, and unfortunately it is rather prevalent around the world. Everyone should be against sex trafficking. Here is the cynical problems with this approach: Somehow conservative politicians equate escort services with sex trafficking.
They are not sex traffickers, no are they part of the sex trafficking industry, but they are low hanging fruit that lawmakers can exploit to say they are doing something about it. This reduces resources to investigate and stop the real sex trafficking industry which has many real victims including children. This is a back handed way to implement SOPA. It would force websites to closely monitor all posts for copyright violations, and other illegal content.
It would have effectively closed down major websites that allow user created content unless they hired thousands of people to monitor all content that goes on the site. FOSTA forces websites to self monitor for sex trafficking. Because of this Craigslist was forced to shut down the personals section of its website. No big loss there as far as I am concerned. The problem is there are legitimate websites used by escorts to safely find clients that are likely to be affected and shut down, this will drive web traffic of this nature further underground and make the sex trafficking problem even worse.
How long before government goes after all porn in the name of stopping sex trafficking? To quote from the story: Some in the sex worker industry say that removing Backpage from the Internet takes away a safe mechanism for screening clients and that the ads will simply move to sites outside the country or to social media.
There are already governments like the state of Rhode Island proposing taxes on internet porn. How such legislation could possibly be enforced is troubling. Such decisions are likely in our future. I have been thinking for years that companies that advertise online probably are not getting as much out of it as they think. Especially those clickbait sites that steal material from other sites, slightly rewrite it to avoid copyright, post it online saturated with ads, then buy ads on Facebook to get people to come to their ad saturated sites, and somehow turn a profit.
Companies looking to sell stuff buy ads on these platforms in hopes that they will be seen by people likely to be interested in their products. Is the advertising working? Obviously it is working at least a little bit, or nobody would be making any money. Popular websites struggling Sites that depend on online advertising for revenue are not doing as well as they used to.
Even major sites like Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, and Reddit seem to have low profit margins if they make a profit at all. They try to bolster those profits by adding more ads to their sites which of course just annoys readers. One of my favorite sites was Cracked. On December 6, Cracked. What is left of the site is a skeleton crew that is likely going to turn into another clickbait site.
You Tube Channels are struggling Making money on You Tube got really big when word got out that some You Tube stars were making millions annually in ad revenue from the site. This of course started a flood until newcomers were finding out that making original content videos was hard and only the most popular were making the big bucks.
To make matters worse, advertisers on You Tube were upset to learn their ads were appearing on You Tube channels with controversial content. So You Tube started flagging channels with such content. The controversy started with racist and sexist alt-right hate channels, but You Tube also flagged channels that support the LGBT community. Some of these channels launched Patreon pages which seeks financial help from viewers in the form of small monthly donations. This has helped small operators make money lost on declining advertising revenue.
There was a policy change on Patreon last December that threatened that as a source of revenue, but fortunately it got reversed.
Still it is a lesson that trying to make a living online is a very insecure and unreliable source of income. Paywalls and More Paywalls If you are like me, you are going through your facebook feed and reddit news clicking on links that look interesting and finding more and more that they are blocked by paywalls. With the decline of online advertising, the only way for news sites to stay profitable is get subscribers.
We internet patrons are already paying a lot for our internet connection. How many web sites and Patreons and Twitch channels can we subscribe to realistically on top of that? The Future looks like Amazon. A board member of Google pretty much said as much in an interview: Is that where the internet is headed?