Stepping up the game against Web trackers
C3 | Tue 22 Jan | 11:35 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Martin ("madduck") is a Debian and Free Software developer of more than 20 years. He's received a High Honors Bachelor in AI, cognitive psychology, and robotics, and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on tool adoption behaviour in Debian. He's founded several companies, and currently makes a living as self-employed advisor to tech startups, and large multi-national corporations. Martin is a privacy and decentralization advocate, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow, in part for his work on decentralization. He loves blockchain, but doesn't regard it as the holy grail. He actually finds projects such as Scuttlebutt much more exciting. He's currently working on several projects in the space of decentralized digital identity. As father of two girls, he hopes they won't (have to) grow up giving up their privacy in return for gratis services.
The attempt to standardize the Do-Not-Track HTTP request header is going nowhere, and it's cute anyway, in that it expects the other side to honour the request, and how would we know if they did? After all, tracking is serious business, and it's hard to imagine a company in this field walking past money lying on the street without picking it up. Martin is at war with what the Web has become, and he's here to talk to you about techniques he's using to minimise his browsing footprint on a day to day basis. Do not attend if you'd prefer to think of the Web as the decentralized knowledge-sharing network it was originally conceived as.