New blocking rules! On 27th March 2020, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, fixed two sites and blocked one new tracker.

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The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

Minor blocking rules update! Today I fixed access to spiegel⋅de. If you use that site, please always use in a Private Window to minimise their tracking. —Laura

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The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

💙 New blocking rules! On 5th February 2020, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, fixed one site and blocked seven new trackers.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

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Just added a load of lovely 5⭐️ reviews from the App Stores to our site. Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to write one! 💙—Laura

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A happy ending to the Better Blocker saga

TL; DR: Apple have been in touch and offered us a way to migrate to our new not-for-profit without impacting the experience of existing Better Blocker (@better) customers.

ar.al/2020/01/20/a-happy-endin

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Important Better Blocker announcement coming in a bit…

New blocking rules! Last Friday Laura blocked one blocker blocker, and blocked nine new trackers.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

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Hi folks, just to let you know that we’ll be closing our forum in the next couple of days. Support for Better Blocker will still be available from here and via email to hello@small-tech.org. —Laura

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“You are building an infrastructure that can be later co-opted in undesirable ways by large multinationals and state surveillance apparatus…”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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“Some people think that technology is magic, that artificial intelligence will save us,” Vance said. “A lot of the questions and a lot of the privacy concerns haven’t [been] thought of, let alone addressed.”

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct

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“Ubiquitous computing is still a fantasy, but not because the technology isn’t ready. It is. The fantasy is that any system mediating someone’s personal experience of the physical world that uses a modern corporation’s digital infrastructure would be objective or neutral. Humans are data and data is money, and this is the business model of many of the technology firms up to the task of ubiquitous computing.”

kotaku.com/the-creators-of-pok

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“Activists and tech critics sometimes use the word complicit when talking about companies that look the other way when their inventions are causing harm. Assistive might be more accurate. Providing database and web services—even just email—to a cruel immigration regime assists in the cruelty.”

slate.com/technology/2019/10/a

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“Platforms *are* societies of intertwined people and machines. There is no such thing as “online life” versus “real life.” We give massive ground if we pretend that these companies are simply having an “effect” or “impact” on some separate society.”

niemanlab.org/2019/10/tech-pla

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“[T]he ‘natural evolution of technology’ was never a thing to begin with, and it’s time to question what ‘progress’ actually means.”

vox.com/the-highlight/2019/10/

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“Out in the wider world, anonymity is no longer guaranteed. Facial recognition gives police and companies the means of identifying and tracking people of interest, while others are free to go about their business. The real question is: who gets that privilege?”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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“Seventeen dollars for a smartphone sounds like a great deal, especially for people living in poverty who can barely afford rent. But there’s a problem: low-cost smartphones are privacy nightmares.”

fastcompany.com/90408472/cheap

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“For decades, the overriding objective of American business and government has been to remove friction from the tracking system, by linking networks, by speeding connections, by eliminating barriers. But friction is the only thing that has ever made privacy, let alone obscurity, possible. If there’s no friction, if we can all be profiled instantly and intimately, then there’s nothing to stop any of our neighbors from being targeted…”

nytimes.com/2019/10/02/magazin

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I know, it’s been *ages* but I did a little blocking rules update. Should be back into the regular schedule again now. ☺️

As ever, if you use @better and you come across any problematic sites, let me know. I will try to get things fixed/blocked/unblocked.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

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