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Group Thinks Anonymity Should Be Baked Into the Internet Itself

• http://www.technologyreview.com, By David Talbot
The Internet’s main engineers have asked the architects of Tor—networking software designed to make Web browsing private—to
consider turning the technology into an Internet standard.
 
If widely adopted, such a standard would make it easy to include the technology in consumer and business products ranging from routers to apps. This would, in turn, allow far more people to browse the Web without being identified by anyone who might be spying on Internet traffic.
 
If the discussions bear fruit, it could lead to the second major initiative of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in response to the mass surveillance by the National Security Administration. Already the IETF is working to encrypt more of the data that flows between your computer and the websites you visit (see “Engineers Plan a Fully Encrypted Internet”).

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