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💙 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.

‘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.”

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Looks like they posted another interview I did with French media a few days ago. This time with L’ADN:

Google, c'est comme la cigarette : c'est votre choix mais il impacte les autres

‘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.”

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

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Indie Web Server 7.1.0: Launch a live secure static site with a single command

I am really excited about this one. To launch a secure, live static site run this on any VPS that has a domain name pointing to it and Node.js installed:

npm i -g && web-server --live

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Upcoming talks: April

6th: Singapore – Straits Times Education Forum. I’ll be debating for the motion “Entrepreneurs today do more harm than good.”

26th: Hamburg – EuropaCamp: React. Act. Democracy! I will be speaking on Small Technology. boosted

Custom error pages for Indie Web Server

I just released Indie Web Server version 6.3.0 with nicer default 404 and 500 error pages and support for custom ones.

‘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”

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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.”

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💙 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.

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‘Canary in a Coal Mine: How Tech Provides Platforms for Hate’

“We, by way of our platforms, give agency and credence to these acts of violence, then pilfer profits from them. Tech is a money-making accomplice to these hate crimes.”

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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.”

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‘How the tragic death of Do Not Track ruined the web for everyone’

“the prospect of federal legislation brought ad players to the table. But when that legislation didn’t materialize, “the prolonged negotiations in fact proved useful to the industry to create the illusion of a voluntary self-regulatory process, seemingly preempting the need for regulation.”

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

“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.”

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

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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.

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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.”

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‘Reclaiming privacy: a feminist manifesto’

“whose privacy are we fighting for when we say we defend the right to privacy? Talking about privacy in the abstract – as if we all benefit from the same rights, as if we are all equal – means taking the risk of defending the rights of only the most privileged ones in society – with privilege coming in different forms from having a voice to be heard to socio-economic status.”

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