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The pressure against #AdTech is mounting.

Today, #GDPR complaints were filed in 4 more countries against Real Time Bidding (RTB) in online advertising
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🇳🇱 @bitsoffreedom, David Korteweg
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🇱🇺 Jose Bello

On my way to Berlin for @DTNConf! Exited!

Finding the dat network very flaky at the moment. I have two Dats seeded on hashbase and on a VPC in a data centre, yet I can't load them locally in beaker, and dat-webext tests intermittently fail as they cannot load the test Dats.

I know p2p networking is hard, but this should be an easy case, as the seeds have fixed IPs and open ports...

Looks to be working now, and I'll try a push out a release to Cliqz beta channel tomorrow.

I also managed to get a crazy CI setup running to test dat swarming and the DatArchive API in a headless firefox browser, which should help to keep track of regressions in future!

Matrix and mastodon databases are starting to take up significant disk space on my server. Any tricks to discard stale data in the databases?

rant about firefox 

Working on updating dat-webext to use the latest libdweb changes. This should get networking working again on Firefox 67+

While Firefox addons are broken, why not try Cliqz, which still has working antitracking and adblocking:

Fun find today: we were getting errors from our code only in Firefox dev edition and up, and also only when the devtools were opened. So obviously I had to make a page that detects when the devtools are opened or closed!
(open in FF dev edition or nightly)

Bugzilla ticket is open:

Nice writeup by @darius about Dat, SSB, and ActivityPub and how they can learn from each other:

Indeed, my post-standardization of ActivityPub work (on Spritely) has largely been about exploring similar thoughts! See also the @librelounge episode with @joeyh where we talk about Secure Scuttlebutt (esp in relation to ActivityPub)

And yes, Firefox is still fighting a huge uphill battle against Chrome interop, and I have no idea how they're even able to keep their heads above water. They need all the help they can get, because they're battling stupid bugs like this every single day.

WebKit (Safari) is no less amazing for the comeback they've pulled off in the past few years, although they have fewer interop pressures. Web devs make sure their sites work in Safari, because the CEO has an iPhone.

Anyone know of a collated list of sites broken by firefox/tor's first party isolation?

Had a very interesting chat today with Sebastian from Mozilla who's working on their android components project:

If you want to make a browser for android, this is the place to look. Well written, well-tested, modular and composeable components covering all of the different parts of the browser. This will make making browsers and browser-like apps much easier!

"Why should I use a Reverse Proxy if Node.js is Production-Ready?" by Thomas Hunter

Really well-written and interesting post. I appreciate it has a benchmark to back up the performance argument.

Thank god the entire industry hasn't decided to revolve around Blink/Chromium for 95% of the web's browser traffic, or else Google would have an unlimited ability to push forward whatever bullshit standard they wanted.

Wait hold on, my producer is telling me something [places finger on my ear piece]

Oh no.

Been writing up how basic Dat support is implemented in Firefox with dat-fox:

Next post will be how dat-webext fixes all the shortcomings that dat-fox has!

“These companies are unavoidable because they control internet infrastructure, online commerce, and information flows. Many of them specialize in tracking you around the web, whether you use their products or not. These companies started out selling books, offering search results, or showcasing college hotties, but they have expanded enormously and now touch almost every online interaction. These companies look a lot like modern monopolies.”

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