The world collects EVERYTHING about you. Your credit card company sells them your purchasing information. Every store with a ‘rewards card’ knows who made every purchase. When rationing comes and toilet paper is a scarce item, as happens in all command economies, they will know how much toilet paper you use per bowel movement. Literally.
Your political opinions and behavior are known in detail by your reading, facebook, comments you make online. NSA knows everyone you talk to or communicate with online, and everything you say or write, if it wishes. Every arm of government has 1000s of analysts whose job it is to track links between people and their thinking, and thousands more to guide online conversations.
The solution is fuzzing their information. Ad blockers don’t do that, they make browsing much more pleasant, but don’t prevent collecting data that enables the ads and other social controls such as Eric Schmit’s political technology provides. What the world needs, application writers, is a screen saver that uses a browser to select links and ads at random and display them on a dark screen. That will cost everyone a bit of bandwidth on your home network by un-used systems, but will quickly move you out of any categories you may be in in the world’s databases.
The thought extends to smart phones, at least for anyone with unlimited texting plans. Random texts of cryptic or crypto messages fuzz your links. Including some jihadis in that will at least annoy the the jihadis as it fuzzes your meta-data and presents problems for NSA’s analysis. (Don’t worry about national security effects, NSA never did anything to improve that.)
Add in the advice in Peak Information, they won’t know much about anybody. Every person who fuzzes their data helps protect us all, as it reduces the effectiveness of their algorithms.
Those screensaver applications can destroy the current ad-based economy of the network and insulate your thinking about your own interests from manipulation by the Eric Schmidts and politicians of the world. Make them poor too. Vengeance.
Later. As usual, it is impossible to have genuinely original ideas, and anything you think about will connect to things you read in the next few days. The guy who made $ with ‘silent music’ streamed by his fans, an open conspiracy, was funny.