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💙 New blocking rules! On 30th November 2018 Laura fixed three broken sites, blocked first-party targeted ads on three sites, and blocked fourteen new trackers.

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

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‘Can Facebook be forced to comply with privacy laws?’

“Facebook is accused of undermining democratic institutions, but its CEO fails to face up to MPs at a hearing in London.”

Al Jazeera Inside Story featuring @aral.

aljazeera.com/programmes/insid

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

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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/

‘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

‘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/

‘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

‘LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising’

irishtimes.com/news/ireland/ir

“LinkedIn processed the email addresses of 18 million non-members and targeted them with advertising on Facebook without permission, an audit by the [Irish] Data Protection Commissioner has found.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/linkedin-proces

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💙 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/

‘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

‘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

‘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.”

‘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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I’m speaking at AraCon in Berlin in January. Let me know if you’ll be there too.

aracon.one

‘Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move’

theguardian.com/technology/201

“Now that Streams is a Google product itself, that promise appears to have been broken, says privacy researcher Julia Powles: ‘Making this about semantics is a sleight of hand. DeepMind said it would never connect Streams with Google. The whole Streams app is now a Google product. That is an atrocious breach of trust, for an already beleaguered product.’”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/google-betrays-

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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.

‘The quest to design an ethical social media platform’

theweek.com/articles/799415/qu

“Ads are the traditional funding source for social platforms; they take users' personal data and serve it to advertisers who want their ads to reach a specific audience. This virtually ensures a fundamentally exploitative business model based on surveillance, says Laura Kalbag, a designer and the co-founder of digital justice not-for-profit Ind.ie.”

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/the-quest-to-de

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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.

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