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‘Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police’

“Technology companies have for years responded to court orders for specific users’ information. The new warrants go further, suggesting possible suspects and witnesses in the absence of other clues. Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices.”

nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

💙 New blocking rules! On 17th April 2019, Laura blocked first-party adtech on one site and blocked nine new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

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Introducing Indie Web Server 8.0.0: install the server and start serving a secure static personal web site in literally seconds

Video demo + short post: ar.al/2019/04/16/set-up-a-live

I hope it makes your lives easier. This is one of the earlier pieces of the puzzle in the Hypha project.

(It took two weeks and a couple of false starts but Version 8.0.0 introduces native binaries for Linux and macOS. Production use via startup daemons is supported only on Linux platforms with systemd.)

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‘Discrimination’s Digital Frontier’

“An ad system that is designed to maximize clicks, and to maximize profits for Facebook, will naturally reinforce these social inequities and so serve as a barrier to equal opportunity.”

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/discrimination-

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‘Are you serious Mr Zuckerberg?’

“Facebook is seeking yet again to apportion blame for its failures elsewhere - this time on governments for failing to regulate. Yet Facebook continually obstructs regulatory reform with its powerful lobbying capabilities , appeals against regulatory judgments and then investigates its critics.”

privacyinternational.org/blog/

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/are-you-serious

New blocking rules! On 1st April 2019, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, fixed one site, and blocked four new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news

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‘Privacy’s not an abstraction’

“Privacy for marginalized populations has never been, and will never be an abstract. Being surveilled, whether by private actors, or the state, is often the gateway to very tangible harms–violence in the form of police brutality, incarceration, or deportation. And there can be more subliminal, insidious impacts, too”

fastcompany.com/90323529/priva

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/privacy-s-not-a

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‘State websites are aiding a disgraceful silent surveillance’

“Of ‘special concern‘ is that, by cross-referencing such data to the vast trove of personally-identifying information Google also holds from services like Gmail, Android apps, and Search, Google can ‘easily associate web activity with the identities of real people’, the report warns.”

irishtimes.com/business/techno

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/state-websites-

💙 New blocking rules! On 20th March 2019, Laura blocked more first-party targeted ads on two sites, fixed two sites, and blocked one new tracker.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

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‘Trading privacy for survival is another tax on the poor’

“Personal data is used to deny low-income people access to resources or opportunities, but it’s also used to target them with predatory marketing for payday loans or even straight-up scams.”

fastcompany.com/90317495/anoth

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/trading-privacy

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‘Tech giants do not face enough competition, new report says’

privacyinternational.org/news/

“As for forcing the big companies to provide access to their customers' data troves to other companies, we urge significant caution. Personal data is not just any other economic asset. Privacy and the protection of personal data are fundamental human rights.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/tech-giants-do-

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I’ll be live on Al Jazeera at 10:30 GMT to talk about single points of failure in surveillance capitalism and how the UK’s “competition rules” for Facebook, etc., that would further legitimise the concept that you are/your data is property are the wrong approach.

Watch live online at aljazeera.com/live/

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‘Why beating your phone addiction may come at a cost’

“as this burgeoning movement becomes an industry, some worry that the “wellness” approach and its emphasis on personal responsibility is whitewashing deeper structural issues within the tech industry.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/why-beating-you

💙 New blocking rules! On 13th March 2019, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, and fixed two sites.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

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‘Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy’

“But can Facebook reform its 15-year legacy as devourer of all things private with a single sweeping, underedited screed from its copycat visionary and dark-pattern technocrat?

Fuck no, of course it can’t.”

techcrunch.com/2019/03/06/mark

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/mark-zuckerberg

💙 New blocking rules! On 6th March 2019, Laura blocked two blocker blockers, fixed one site, and blocked seven new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

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‘Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information’

“Apart from the dangers of merely collecting and storing all that data, detailed (and often erroneous) consumer profiles can lead to race or income-based discrimination, in a high-tech version of redlining.)”

fastcompany.com/90310803/here-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/here-are-the-da

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‘Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws’

theguardian.com/technology/201

“The documents… reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU.”

Also worth reading the longer article on Computer Weekly:

computerweekly.com/news/252458

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/revealed-facebo

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‘Privacy complaints received by tech giants’ favorite EU watchdog up more than 2x since GDPR’

“‘The phenomenon that is the [GDPR] has demonstrated one thing above all else: people’s interest in and appetite for understanding and controlling use of their personal data is anything but a reflection of apathy and fatalism,’ writes Helen Dixon, Ireland’s commissioner for data protection.”

techcrunch.com/2019/02/28/priv

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/privacy-complai

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‘The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change’

“These histories illustrate Facebook’s radical indifference, my term for the formal relationship between surveillance capitalists and their users. Facebook doesn’t care about disinformation, or mental health, or any of the other issues on Zuckerberg’s list of resolutions. Users are not customers, nor are they ‘the product.’ They are merely free sources of raw material.”

fastcompany.com/90303274/why-f

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/the-real-reason

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