I JUST GOOGLED “alarm dust,” “alibi sweatshirt,” and “sleuth intelligence.” Then I shopped for industrial dehydrators, scanned a Pinterest page for concrete decks, and read something about nuclear war.
But I’m not in the market for a new dehydrator. Concrete decks aren’t really my style, and I still have no idea what “alarm dust” is. I didn’t visit any of these web sites of my own volition—a website called Internet Noise did, all to obscure my real browsing habits in a fog of fake search history.
The US government has voted to let internet service providers sell browsing data on the open market. This angered a lot of people, including programmer Dan Schultz. After reading about the vote on Twitter, he turned off Zelda and coded this ghost opening tabs on my machine.