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I’ll be on Inside Story on Aljazeera today to discuss how we can regulate the abuses of surveillance capitalists like Facebook/Google and how we can create an alternative to surveillance capitalism where we fund ethical technology owned and controlled by individuals from the commons for the common good.

We will be recording at 13:30 GMT and it will air at 17:30 GMT.

aljazeera.com/programmes/insid

You can watch it on the live stream at: aljazeera.com/live/

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‘The City of the Future Is a Data-Collection Machine’

“[Cavoukian is] worried about Sidewalk using all these cameras and sensors to track people on an individual level, to create real-life versions of the personal profiles Google already uses to track people online.”

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/the-city-of-the

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‘Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude.’

“The systems depend on black-box algorithms that give little detail about how they reduced the complexities of a person’s inner life into a calculation of virtue or harm. And even as Predictim’s technology influences parents’ thinking, it remains entirely unproven, largely unexplained and vulnerable to quiet biases over how an appropriate babysitter should share, look and speak.”

washingtonpost.com/technology/

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‘The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom’

“The language of these patents makes it clear that Google is acutely aware of the powers of inference it has already, even without cameras, by augmenting speakers to recognize the noises you make as you move around the house.”

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/the-next-data-m

💙 New blocking rules! On 23rd November 2018 Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked three blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-three new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

better.fyi/news/

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‘How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good’

techcrunch.com/2018/11/20/how-

“this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/how-a-small-fre

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‘Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’’

washingtonpost.com/education/2

“What gives you this right, and why weren’t we asked about this before you and Summit invaded our privacy in this way?”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/students-protes

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‘Privacy Activists Take On Oracle and Equifax Over Shadowy Profiling’

fortune.com/2018/11/08/privacy

“‘The world is being rebuilt by companies and governments so that they can exploit data. Without urgent and continuous action, data will be used in ways that people cannot now even imagine, to define and manipulate our lives without us beginning to understand why or being able to effectively fight back,’ said Frederike Kaltheuner, who heads up Privacy International’s data exploitation program.”

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‘Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis’

nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technol

“As evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/delay-deny-and-

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Better Blocker 2018.2 release for macOS and iOS

ar.al/2018/11/05/better-blocke

What’s new?

• Even simpler interface, consistent across the macOS and iOS versions.

• Displays version and last update information for blocking rules.

• Exceptions is now called the Do Not Block list.

• macOS: Fixes El Capitan crash.

• Comes bundled with the latest blocking rules.

New blocking rules! On 3rd November 2018, Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked four blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-six new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

better.fyi

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‘We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.’

“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”

news.vice.com/en_us/article/xw

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/we-posed-as-100

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Made good progress on the macOS version of the next release of @better today. The iOS version was ready prior to my speaking trip to Lyon last week. Aiming to submit both to Apple at the end of the week following a bug fix for El Capitan tomorrow (last release to support it) and more testing tomorrow and Friday.

Just been reading a bunch of lovely reviews on the App Store. Thanks folks, it doesn’t just help us spread the word, it also makes my day! 💙 —Laura

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‘Facebook and Google are run by today’s robber barons. Break them up’

“Today, we have a new set of robber barons, running digital monopolies and again receiving disproportionate benefits from the disruption brought about by new technology. History tells us we will need to regulate their monopolies just as we regulated previous monopolies.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/facebook-and-go

We’ve updated Better’s blocking rules for 22nd October 2018.

To get the updated rules, just open the Better app.

To see what’s been updated see our News page: better.fyi/news/

:indieHeart: Laura

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‘Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia’

@aral recorded this video with BBC Ideas back in July. It gives a brief introduction to surveillance capitalism, complete with animation.

bbc.com/ideas/videos/surveilla

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/surveillance-ca

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‘Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data’

buzzfeednews.com/article/charl

“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/facebook-isn-t-

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‘Just Don’t Call It Privacy’

“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”

nytimes.com/2018/09/22/sunday-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/just-don-t-call

Just deployed a little fix to our blocking rules to unblock YouTube’s Skip Ad button. Sorry about the unskippable ads over the last few days, that’s entirely my fault!—Laura

Open your app to get the latest rules.

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