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New blocking rules! On 9th May 2019, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, fixed two sites, blocked cookies for one tracker, and blocked seven new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

‘The creeping threat of facial recognition’

fastcompany.com/90336549/the-c

“Once facial recognition and other AI becomes pervasive—and in the absence of serious enforceable laws that can put guardrails on the technology—we will be unprotected, and as such will be subjected to any purpose to which the government or business wants to put our identities and locations. This is where greed, profit, and power come into play as motivators.”

‘These Ads Think They Know You’

nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

“Today’s data providers can receive information from almost every imaginable part of your life: your activity on the internet, the places you visit, the stores you walk through, the things you buy, the things you like, who your friends are, the places your friends go, the things your friends do, and on and on.”

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‘The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age’

nytimes.com/2019/04/25/opinion

“The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resources to challenge unfair outcomes.”

‘The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age’

nytimes.com/2019/04/25/opinion

“The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resources to challenge unfair outcomes.”

‘Facebook while black: Users call it getting ‘Zucked,’ say talking about racism is censored as hate speech’

eu.usatoday.com/story/news/201

“Facebook is not looking to protect me or any other person of color or any other marginalized citizen who are being attacked by hate speech…They are just looking to protect their bottom line.”

‘How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world’

politico.com/story/2019/04/24/

“Ireland’s failure to safeguard huge stores of personal information looms larger now that the country is the primary regulator responsible for protecting the health information, email addresses, financial records, relationship status, search histories and friend lists for hundreds of millions of Americans, Europeans and other users around the globe.”

‘That mental health app might share your data without telling you

theverge.com/2019/4/20/1850838

“Potentially advertisers could use this to compromise someone’s privacy and sway their treatment decisions…”

‘Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd’

nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion

“Obscurity bridges this privacy gap with the idea that the parts of our lives that are hard or unlikely to be found or understood are relatively safe… And until lawmakers, corporate leaders and citizens embrace obscurity and move to protect it, your freedom and opportunities to flourish will be in jeopardy.”

‘Communities at risk: How security fails are endangering the LBGTIQ+ community’

privacyinternational.org/blog/

“This enables governments and companies to construct profiles of them, using these highly sensitive details to make inferences or predictions that may or may not be accurate. Increasingly, profiles are being used to make or inform consequential decisions, from credit scoring, to hiring, to policing.”

‘Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police’

“Technology companies have for years responded to court orders for specific users’ information. The new warrants go further, suggesting possible suspects and witnesses in the absence of other clues. Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices.”

nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

In Hamburg? You can see @aral speak at Europacamp next week.

europacamp.zeit-stiftung.de

Will you miss it? You can see other upcoming events on our site ind.ie/events/

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Introducing Indie Web Server 8.0.0: install the server and start serving a secure static personal web site in literally seconds

Video demo + short post: ar.al/2019/04/16/set-up-a-live

I hope it makes your lives easier. This is one of the earlier pieces of the puzzle in the Hypha project.

(It took two weeks and a couple of false starts but Version 8.0.0 introduces native binaries for Linux and macOS. Production use via startup daemons is supported only on Linux platforms with systemd.)

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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.

better.fyi/news/

‘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.”

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/discrimination-

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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

ladn.eu/tech-a-suivre/donnees-

‘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.”

privacyinternational.org/blog/

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/are-you-serious

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New blocking rules! On 1st April 2019, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, 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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Indie Web Server 7.1.0: Launch a live secure static site with a single command

ar.al/2019/04/01/indie-web-ser

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 @ind.ie/web-server && web-server --live

#Hypha #NotAnAprilFoolsJoke

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