We just launched a new Web-privacy-related webapp, and want to show it off to you.What the Internet knows about you (Thanks, Art!)
There are over 20 tests to extract various kinds of information from the browser's history; the most obvious application is to check for visits to the most popular websites and blogs, which we grouped into categories (banks, pr0n sites, dating sites, social networks, etc.) We're also monitoring for more sensitive content, such as all visited Wikileaks articles and administrative pages, visited .gov and .mil websites, as well as Google search queries and zipcodes typed into forms. In addition to that, we're indexing over fifty most popular RSS newsfeeds (including Boing Boing, of course) to determine which recent news stories the user has read; also, for social news sites, we're trying to determine the user's username by detecting visited profile pages.
We also meticulously documented the problem and listed possible solutions in hope of educating casual Web users as well as browser vendors about this issue. Most people still have no idea that such history detection is possible, and in fact trivially easy to implement; what's worse, there are no simple ways to protect against this (other than disabling history altogether). I hope that by publicizing the issue we can get browser vendors to figure out sane ways of solving the problem to make our browsing histories private again, and would appreciate your help.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.