Daniel C. Howe and Helen Nissenbaum from NYU released their coolest new add-on extention yesterday. I thought this widget has a really interesting concept as well as a good potential for widely uses. Daniel is still working madly in the process of figuring out how best to conceal private data that won’t be filtered easily. It looks like they will release new version very soon. I was drawn into this project to create icons at late night at the last minute but, I really wish I knew about this project much earlier to play more with icons. Just like Daniel, I should be working on further on icons and will give them better versions soon…heh, hopefully soon!
Anyway, you can read more about TrackMeNot here (I read some comments on Mozilla site where people were very confused to figure out which site is the real home page for TrackMeNot. Perhaps he is disguising his website, not to be tracked? just joking, 😛 )
Below is the description from the site, I’m sure this will explain better than my words:
TrackMeNot is a browser extension that protects web-searchers against surveillance and data-profiling. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one’s trail), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with the Firefox Browser and popular search engines, e.g. AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN.