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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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‘Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules’

“The IAB is certainly seeking to deploy pro-privacy arguments to try to dilute Europeans’ privacy rights.

Despite its own claimed reservations about there being no technical fix to get consent for programmatic trading under GDPR, the IAB nonetheless went on to launch a technical mechanism for managing — and, it claimed — complying with GDPR consent requirements…”

techcrunch.com/2019/02/21/even

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/even-the-iab-wa

💙 New blocking rules! On 21st February 2019, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, 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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‘Why a focus on “fake news” and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions’

“The biggest oversight… is in diagnosing disinformation as essentially a problem with Facebook, rather than a systemic issue emerging in part from the pollution of online spaces by the business model that Facebook shares with others: the surveillance and modification of human behaviour for profit.”

opendemocracy.net/uk/jennifer-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/why-a-focus-on-

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‘Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by [UK] report on fake news’

“Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’.”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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

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‘Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds’

“‘While consumers are legally expected or presumed to read their contracts, businesses are not required to write readable ones. This asymmetry—and its potential consequences—puzzled us,’ wrote co-author Samuel Becher, a law professor at Victoria University of Wellington”

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/most-online-ter

💙 New blocking rules! On 14th February 2019, Laura fixed four broken sites and blocked three 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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‘Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?’

“So there are now two lines of legal attack — antitrust and privacy law — threatening Facebook (and indeed other adtech companies’) surveillance-based business model across Europe.”

techcrunch.com/2019/02/09/is-e

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/is-europe-closi

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‘German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business’

“Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts…”

wired.com/story/germany-facebo

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/german-regulato

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‘Apple Is Removing ’Do Not Track’ From Safari’

“It’s been around for years, but… it doesn’t do anything because almost no websites actually honor the request not to be tracked because the government never forced them to comply with it.”

“…we asked all the browser-providing companies why they still had the option, given that it could mislead users into thinking it was actually protecting their privacy.”

gizmodo.com/apple-is-removing-

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/apple-is-removi

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‘How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent’

“Data is powerful and can inform on us in unexpected ways. Companies learn all about you, but also all about your friends who haven’t signed up for these services.”

nytimes.com/2019/02/02/opinion

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/how-silicon-val

💙 New blocking rules! On 2nd February 2019, Laura fixed one broken site, blocked a blocker blocker on another site, and adtech on a third site.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

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So @laura has recovered after complications from the flu and we have our first @better blocking rules update for 2019.

better.fyi/news/

(Rather uniquely, we curate our own block rules based on the principles of the Ethical Design Manifesto, which is not an easy undertaking for a two-person not-for-profit, especially as sites have started to bundle their functionality with their trackers via CDNs, etc. To any developers enabling this, ask yourselves, “are we the baddies?”)

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My talk “People might actually use this” will be live-streamed at Aracon this afternoon (~5pm CET.) I‘ll be talking about inclusivity and how decentralisation alone can’t guarantee ethical design.

https://aracon.one/livestream

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