Mozilla Diagnoses the Health of Global Internet
Internet users and the different platforms that provide the service have been in debates over the safety of the users and their private data.
The recent fiddle with Facebook allegedly mishandling data of over 87 million users and allowing the same to be used by Cambridge Analytica data firm sheds new light on the cons of internet security.
With many internet users now aware of such blowbacks, it seems that may be the right time is now to examine if the internet is actually making our lives easy or worse. The non-profit Mozilla Foundation released a report today and released an Internet Health Report that mainly focuses on some of the important issues related to the users’ privacy data policy.
The report outlines five major issues in its report: web literacy, privacy and security, decentralization, openness, and digital inclusion. The Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Surman states that the report offers a look at the human life on internet.
He added that all things internet are not as bad as we think. More and more people are connecting to the internet like never before as it is becoming cheaper every day and also noted that user data is more likely to be encrypted. On the downside are the online harassments, internet censorships sanctioned by the states and the internet players not showing any interest in the diversity of the users.
In addition to such problems, the report also calls attention to three major issues that need to be addressed quickly to ensure safety of the users. Securing the IoT, having control over the so-called fake news, and the monopolization of internet by big companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. What is worth to note here is that Mozilla Foundation funds internet browser Firefox, which directly competes with Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari.
Mozilla also highlighted how big players like Google and Facebook collect as much data from the users as possible as part of their core business model and later sell the information to the advertisers. The report also stated that bulk of their profits come from selling the data to companies, further explaining how such kind of business models put the users at risk leaking their data that might be misused. Mozilla’s director further argues that internet businesses doesn’t have to necessarily rely on selling data to make profits.
He said that collecting such huge amounts of data, letting it to interconnect, and ending up with toxic data spills are all unethical advertising practices and suggests that we all could have cleaner advertising practices if we want to and set our minds towards it.