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The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.

How did we let the Web get to this point. All I wanted to do was read this blog post.

@dietrich The resource request method will not work in Firefox - extensions get a unique url at install-time which is unique per browser.

Likewise, the CSS selector method can be prevented by usin shadow-dom APIs on the extension content script. Modification of existing elements is still detectable though, and this is how most adblockers get caught.

I've been thinking for a while that a new model of online advertising with fixed, time-limited spots for all users could disrupt existing adtech and bring a better equilibrium with less tracking and bloat. Disappointed to read that someone tried this and failed: blog.zgp.org/a-clean-ad-networ

@dietrich Yes, Ghostery has it's own list. This is being merged with the open source WhoTracks.Me mappings though (github.com/cliqz-oss/whotracks). We're also collaborating with AdGuard to improve the coverage of mobile trackers (github.com/cliqz-oss/whotracks)

@dietrich Yes, I didn't yet find a solution which fulfills all the requirements, though it just seems to be a UI issue. I'm thinking this could be a good Ghostery side-project, which can leverage the database of tracker owners to make this more accessible.

Proud to see that projects my colleagues and I have been working on in the last year at @cliqz
have been mentioned in this list of 'Humane Tech': @WhoTracks_me
, Re-consent and Local Sheriff


@sam Ok, @exodus + NoRoot Firewall is the combo that gets me the OS-wide tracker blocking I want. Too manual, but very functional.

The dream would be a firewall app that works like NoRoot but uses the Exodus data as opt-out filters...

Example 2: On android 9 you cannot backup your device without logging into Google system-wide. No other remote backup option is available.

I had to manually back up with adb.

@dietrich It's still very much a work in the progress... Currently using Exodus Privacy (exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/) and NetGuard (github.com/M66B/NetGuard/) to analyse apps pre/post installing.

For most things I'm using web-apps in a browser with tracking protection. For twitter/mastodon etc this is perfectly usable, and I'm already familiar with the threat model.

Example 1: In Launcher 3 you cannot move the Google search bar on the home screen - even if you disable the Google app.

This basically forces you to go and find an alternative launcher. I found the Microsoft Launcher to be a good replacement.

Setting up an Android device without logging into a Google account is an uphill battle. I get the feeling the OS has extra inconvenience built-in on purpose when not logged in.

you might not have known this, but google - the company you use for searching, email, maps, translation, data storage, watching videos, voice assistant tech, backing up your phone, storing photos, finding images, making purchases, making your phone's operating system, advertising, providing webfonts, running website analytics, providing captcha authentication, and browsing the internet - might be tracking you

As technologists I think it's tempting to believe that decentralization can be achieved if we just had the right tech – better interfaces, more options, the right algorithms, whatever. I've been guilty of this myself; Pinafore is my attempt to make Mastodon's UI more accessible. But Doctorow makes a good case that these are just band-aids on what is fundamentally a policy problem. And unfortunately the policy solutions being floated right now would entrench monopolies rather than break them up.

So it turns out with libdweb we can now polyfill node's net and dgram libraries, and just run anything build on node's network stack directly in the browser: github.com/sammacbeth/browseri

Already got a PoC with DAT's discovery-swarm able to discover peers and replicate hyperdrives!

"We are now required to prevent from using the Website unless you change your mind..."

Not that's sure how the GDPR works...
cc @GDPRHallOfShame

Was never much of a fan of the tweetdeck/mastodon column layout - particularly as I often have my screen portrait. Trying out @pinafore and finding it very nice! Also, very nice and snappy on a touch device - we need more webapps like this!

RT @Puri_sm@twitter.com: We are proudly sponsoring the work of Julian Sparber on Fractal, the @matrixdotorg@twitter.com client for GNOME. Read his latest update - blogs.gnome.org/jsparber/2018/ #LibreDesktop #DemandFreedom #gnome

🐦🔗: twitter.com/Puri_sm/status/107

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