As scary as it seems, this is the future of mobile browsing. Add to the fact that where there is user tracking data to be collected, network providers have never been bashful about using this data to line their pockets. Hopefully, there will be enough media coverage to work out the information security and privacy concerns before we see the userbase grow too far. Read on for the summary on Amazons blog, and let me know what you think about this in the comments…
Introducing Amazon Silk
September 28, 2011 by The Amazon Silk Team
Congress is trying to wrap its collective head around Amazon’s new Silk Web browser. At a privacy hearing yesterday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) expressed outrage at the way Silk’s ‘split’ design can funnel all user browsing data through Amazon’s backend servers. ‘My staff yesterday told me that one of our leading Internet companies, Amazon, is going to create their own server and their own system and they’re going to force everybody that uses Amazon to go through their server and they’re going to collect all this information on each person who does that without that person’s knowledge. Enough is enough.’ Today came a similar shot from the other side of the aisle, with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) dashing off a letter (PDF) to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about the same privacy concerns. ‘Consumers may buy the new Kindle Fire to read 1984, but they may not realize that the tablet’s “Big Browser” may be watching their every keystroke when they are online,’ Markey said in a statement.
Today in New York, Amazon introduced Silk, an all-new web browser powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and available exclusively on the just announced Kindle Fire. You might be asking, “A browser? Do we really need another one?” As you’ll see in the video below, Silk isn’t just another browser. We sought from the start to tap into the power and capabilities of the AWS infrastructure to overcome the limitations of typical mobile browsers. Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture. All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform. Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely. In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.