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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.

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

“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.”

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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.”

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‘Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information’

“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books…”

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‘Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts’

“Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts… The company also disclosed that app developers generally are free to share the data with others”

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‘WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On

At the end of the day, I sold my company,” Acton says. “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.”

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💙 Better for Mac is now available on the App Store, ready for macOS Mojave’s release later today.

We’ve made the app simpler, easier to use, and just as effective as before.

It’s also more affordable at $0.99, £0.99, €1.09—we’ve reduced the price because we want more people to be protected by Better on the web. boosted

The new, radically simplified, Better Blocker for macOS is now out in time for today’s release of macOS Mojave :)

(And it supports Dark Mode. In case you care about such things.)

‘Apple moves to thwart Facebook tracking’

“Notably, these protections won’t do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they’re logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network’s ever-expanding grasp while they’re logged out.”

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‘Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights’

“It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.”

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💙 Better for iOS 12 is now available on the App Store.

We’ve made the app simpler, easier to use, and just as effective as before.

We’ve also made the app more affordable at $0.99, £0.99, €1.09 because we want more folks to be protected on the web. boosted

Better Blocker for iOS 12 is now live.

Two weeks ago, I wrote that we wanted to radically simplify Better and widen its reach ( With this release, we took the first steps towards that goal. We distilled the app to its essentials (taking it from 44MB to 11MB in the process) & lowered the price to the lowest tier on the App Store ($0.99/£0.99/€1.09).


Here’s to bringing the Better web to more people.

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Better, simpler, and more affordable

Today, I submitted a radical redesign of Better Blocker for iOS to the App Store for approval in time for the launch of iOS 12…

‘Feedbin: Private by Default’

“Since Feedbin is 100% funded by paying customers, I can focus solely on making the best product possible without compromises. Therefore, Feedbin can be private by default.”

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‘How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster’

“Today’s EU copyright vote went about as badly as could be feared: MEPs approved articles 11 and 13, meaning that unless member states push back (and good luck with that), it will likely become illegal to link to an article using the headline for that article, and all but the smallest websites will need to install upload filters to weed out copyright-protected content.”

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Another new content update for September 2018! Please open the app to get the latest blocking rules.-- @laura

‘Why Facebook Will Never Be Free of Fakes’

“With algorithms amplifying content that generates passionate responses, the crazy conspiratorial stuff will always rocket around Facebook faster and farther than the thoughtful condolence or the cute pictures of golden retrievers. And with that powerful advertising system, Facebook will always be the platform of choice for dishonest or hateful parties.”

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‘IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage to Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color’

”Civil liberties advocates say they are alarmed by the NYPD’s secrecy in helping to develop a program with the potential capacity for mass racial profiling.”

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New content update for 5th September 2018! Please open the app to get the latest blocking rules. --@laura

‘Five-Eyes nations to force encryption backdoors’

“While the rhetoric is sharp, the specifics are vague.” As it has been said before, a backdoor is just another door. You either have encryption or you don’t. There is no halfway.

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