Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent to which our digital lives are scrutinized, many firms and organizations have been working to improve the security and confidentiality of Internet use. Some, however, motivated by narrower interests, are out to keep the best technologies from being adopted.

This article is a bit of a departure from the usual focus here, on paddlesports and related topics. This issue, however, affects anyone visiting this, or any other site on the World Wide Web. While responsible organizations such as Google, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and others have been working to develop faster and more secure communication protocols for web traffic, a group calling itself the Open Web Alliance has been formed with an aim of gutting any new technologies designed to protect you. The reason is simple: the companies behind the OWA profit from controlling web traffic and knowing your business. Simon Phipps at Infoworld has the details: