Re: W3C plans Internet privacy specification

CobraBoy! (
Thu, 12 Jun 1997 10:53:52 -0700

I Find Karma at 9:37 AM -0700 on 6/12/97, came up with this:

> >
> Not only that, but Educom says Microsoft plans to endorse it, too.

Is this news to anyone here that the W3c is a Misrosoft shill?

> > With a Microsoft executive saying "This is unprecedented, but we
> > realized that we need to work together for the common good," Microsoft
> > has decided not to propose its own Internet software privacy standards,
> > but instead to endorse the standard proposed by its rival Netscape and
> > Firefly Network Inc., and supported by a hundred hardware and software
> > companies both large and small.
> So the privacy standard is public, not private? Hmm....
> > The standard will be part of a broader effort led by the nonprofit
> > organization World Wide Web Consortium,
> Nonprofit? I bet Tim Byars has a few words about that... feel free NOT
> to share them with us, Tim... :)

Non profit, as in Ms gives you all your hardware/software.

> > called the platform for privacy preferences. Using that platform, Web
> > surfers could control what personal information was obtained about them
> > during their travels on the Internet. (New York Times 12 Jun 97)
> You can control it now, just turn cookies, Javascript, and Java off,
> and surf with a hacked up version of lynx that blocks all environment
> variable passage.
> ObEntertainmentBit (though unrelated) recommendation:
> I bought the book by Kevin Smith, _Screenplays for Clerks and Chasing
> Amy_, and I've gotta say that the scripts are in some sense better than
> the movies. A lot of the witty (and/or dirty) things happening in the
> scripts completely went over my head in the movie. Also, the script for
> Clerks as originally written has Dante shot by some unknown thief after
> Randall leaves the store! And, Chasing Amy's script has a lot of lines
> I missed seeing the movie... Kevin Smith is a deity!