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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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💙 New blocking rules! On the 2nd October 2019, Laura blocked adtech on one site, and blocked five new trackers.

better.fyi/news/

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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Finally got round to adding dark mode support to @better for iOS 13 today. Expect a new release soon.

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“Sites that have relied upon opting EU users into ad-tracking cookies in the hopes they’ll just click okay to make the cookie banner go away are in for a rude awakening.”—Natasha Lomas

techcrunch.com/2019/10/01/euro

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“We are often sold a similar bill of goods: big tech companies talk incessantly about how ‘AI’ and digitization will bring a better future. In the present tense, however, putting computers everywhere is bad for most people. It enables advertisers, employers and cops to exercise more control over us – in addition to helping heat the planet.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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“Neighborhoods armed with Ring videos, Flock readers, and NextDoor posts have the power to create networked engines of suspicion, sometimes ill-founded or erroneous, that may embolden residents to take actions they should not.”— Elizabeth Joh

slate.com/technology/2019/09/f

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“Feeling anxious? Got lucky last night? Having some health issues? Tell Maya and they’ll let Facebook and others know (oh, and they’ll share your diary too!)”— Privacy International

privacyinternational.org/long-

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“Now, data collection and artificial intelligence are threatening to turn borders into an underregulated free-for-all.” —Nicole Chi

magazine.areweeurope.com/stori

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I’ll be live on @AJEnglish news from Cork at around 14:25 Irish/British time today to talk about FaceApp and ask why it takes the Russians or Chinese to be involved before we take the threat of surveillance capitalism seriously.

You can watch live from: aljazeera.com/live/

💙 New blocking rules! On the 5th July 2019, Laura blocked adtech on one site, fixed one site and blocked two 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/

💙 New blocking rules! On the 26th June 2019, Laura blocked adtech on one site, fixed one site and blocked two 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/

💙 New blocking rules! On the 5th June 2019, Laura blocked two blocker blockers, blocked first-party adtech on two sites, 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.

better.fyi/news/

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‘Social Media Censorship Is Hurting Those on the Margins’

“A lot of people think there’s an easy solution, and that the [solution is] for the platforms to ‘do something.’ Social media companies do not have a good history in this arena, and there are so many reasons not to trust these giant companies, why should we trust them to decide what speech is acceptable?”

gizmodo.com/social-media-censo

💙 New blocking rules! On 15th May 2019, Laura fixed two sites, and blocked four 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/

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‘The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear’

“News organizations have multiple and sometimes conflicting incentives that might affect how they present the local police blotter. A company that sells security-optimized doorbells has only  *one*  incentive: emphasizing that  *the world is a scary place, and you need to buy our products to protect you*.”

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

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‘Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.’

nbcnews.com/tech/security/mill

“Ever AI promises prospective military clients that it can ‘enhance surveillance capabilities’ and ‘identify and act on threats.’ It offers law enforcement the ability to identify faces in body-cam recordings or live video feeds.”

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