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Adblocking: how about nah?

Cory Doctorow, writing for EFF about the history and present of adblocking: The rise and rise of ad-blockers (and ad-blocker-blocker-blockers) is without parallel: 26% of Internet users are now blocking ads, and the figure is rising. It’s been called the biggest boycott in human history. It’s also something we’ve seen before, in the earliest days of the Web, when pop-up ads ruled the world (wide web), and users went to war against them. Fascinating. I’d never heard of adversarial interoperability before.

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Enough of the 5G hype

Ernesto Falcon, writing for the EFF: [wireless carriers] are only trying to focus our attention on 5G to try to distract us from their willful failure to invest in a proven ultrafast option for many Americans: fiber to the home, or FTTH. He goes on to break down why 5G won’t solve many of our (USA) problems and why it’s better to ignore the hype and ask why we’re falling behind other areas of the world.

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Google Chrome’s users take a back seat to its bottom line

In the documents that define how the Web works, a browser is called a user agent. It’s supposed to be the thing that acts on your behalf in cyberspace. If the massive data collection appetite of Google’s advertising- and tracking-based business model are incentivizing Chrome to act in Google’s best interest instead of yours, that’s a big problem—one that consumers and regulators should not ignore. It’s no surprise that privacy-focused browser alternatives are gaining ground in the quest to be your user agent. This coming week, we’re sitting down with Brave’s CTO for what should turn out to be a fascinating episode of The Changelog. Stay tuned for that.

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