@harald @laurakalbag yes, I believe it’ll be deducted from the amount Apple pays us.

@eljay @laura If you need to, when the new apps come out, please ask Apple for a refund for the old apps. support.apple.com/en-us/HT2040

(And thank you for your support!)—Laura

@eljay @laura Thanks! We don’t have the resources to make versions for other platforms right now, but if you use uBlock origin for FF Linux, you are welcome to use our blocking rule list for free (we’ve formatted a version especially): better.fyi/blockerList.txt

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@ben_hr as in a script that is designed to block tracker blockers like ours. We call it a “blocker blocker.”

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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.

better.fyi/news/

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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