Anonymity & Privacy

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Anonymity and privacy should be an integral part of any hoslistic Internet access strategy. Your personal information is a much coveted and valuable commodity, a modern reality affirmed by the very existence and growing prevalence of the practice of doxing. Take a moment right now and ask yourself two questions:

  • Have I ever read Google's frequently revised privacy policies? and,
  • Am I aware that Google, the helpful and seemingly innocuous corporate citizen, is actually tracking my every move?
  • Anonymity and privacy are two independent constructs. It has become necessary to afford both consideration and importance in a digital world which has beome increasingly tracked and surveilled.. And it's important to understand that they are an essential part of civil liberties in a free society. Nearly two decades ago, in his annual report to Parliament, former Privacy Commissioner on Canada George Radwanski cautioned against the commonly held view: 'If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.' Radwanski asserted that:

      "The truth is that we all do have something to hide, not because it's criminal or even shameful, but simply because it's private. We carefully calibrate what we reveal about ourselves to others. Most of us are only willing to have a few things known about us by a stranger, more by an acquaintance, and the most by a very close friend or a romantic partner. The right not to be known against our will - indeed, the right to be anonymous except when we choose to identify ourselves - is at the very core of human dignity, autonomy and freedom.".

    As noted above, anonymty and privacy are distinct concepts. Anonymty is essentially when you opt to have your online actions seen, but keep your identity hidden. In short, “they” can see what you do, but not who you are. Privacy: This primarily involves you controlling who (if anyone) sees what activities you engage in online. In other words, “they” can see who you are, but not what information or websites you access or seek out. this differs from security : Internet security involves you’re being safeguarded while browsing sites or filling in a Web form. This essentially means you’re safe from online threats, regardless of privacy or anonymity.


    As noted above, Kodi boasts cross-platform compatability. You should download the version the software appropriate for your operating system from the official Kodi website. For the purpose of this document, we will assume that you know how to install the correct flavour of the Kodi software suitable for your device.

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