Hey netizens, doing some research, and I'd like to ask you a few questions.

What do you consider to be the biggest threats to online privacy in the world today?

If there were one thing you could have visibility into the practices of, what would it be?

@thegibson I'd break the question into a few parts:

- WHO or WHAT represents a threat? Actors.

- What MECHANISMS does that threat manifest as?

- What ACTIVITIES contribute to this?

- What specific RISKS are prresented?

Possibly a few others, though I'll try to hit on these points.

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@thegibson And often can bypass courts entirely through binding arbitration "agreements" (take-it-or-leave-it conditions, changed at will).

And they've got computers.

Their unit for computing power is the acre (or hectare).

You have a smartphone. Facebook has at least a dozen datacentres, totalling over 15 million square feet (344 acres, 140 hectares, 1.4 km^2, over half a square mile).

Google has 19, with over 2.5 million servers (2016).

Amazon: 22 regions, 69 availability zones.

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