As long as the source is free, there is hope!
In the worst of all outcomes, a basic browser can be implemented easily. But forget about all the fancy stuff.
I think this might also serve to push a new and free internet, while the "old" one will slowly sink in a cloud of ads, tracking, commercials, banners, etc.
So more and more of the original internet, knowledge sharing, information etc. will probably move to the darknet.
In the beginning yes. And as the mainstream options grow worse and worse, the FOSS options become more and more popular.
As you say, in the beginning that simplified internet will only consist of us.
Once tracking, ads etc. grows to crazy levels, slowly regular people will start to join.
I agree. At the moment, the benefit of being tracked, for most people, outweigh the cost. As long as that equation remains unchanged, the current situation will remain unchanged.
Once the cost is bigger than the benefit, that is when you will see a movement to other options.
There is also another case.
That is when a company builds a non tracking option on FOSS, and that company, for some reason, becomes popular with the masses.
Like android, it will then
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