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💙 New blocking rules! On the 5th June 2019, Laura blocked two blocker blockers, blocked first-party adtech on two sites, fixed one site and blocked seven new trackers.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

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Like It or Not, We're Already Cyborgs

pcmag.com/news/368457/like-it-

Our interview with @laura for PC Magazine was published today.

“To privacy activists Aral Balkan and Laura Kalbag, we don't need brain implants to become cyborgs; we're already jacked in. And we need a Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights.”

‘Social Media Censorship Is Hurting Those on the Margins’

“A lot of people think there’s an easy solution, and that the [solution is] for the platforms to ‘do something.’ Social media companies do not have a good history in this arena, and there are so many reasons not to trust these giant companies, why should we trust them to decide what speech is acceptable?”

gizmodo.com/social-media-censo

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💙 New blocking rules! On 15th May 2019, Laura fixed two sites, and blocked four new trackers.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

better.fyi/news/

‘The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear’

“News organizations have multiple and sometimes conflicting incentives that might affect how they present the local police blotter. A company that sells security-optimized doorbells has only  *one*  incentive: emphasizing that  *the world is a scary place, and you need to buy our products to protect you*.”

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

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‘Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.’

nbcnews.com/tech/security/mill

“Ever AI promises prospective military clients that it can ‘enhance surveillance capabilities’ and ‘identify and act on threats.’ It offers law enforcement the ability to identify faces in body-cam recordings or live video feeds.”

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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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