European Court of Justice’s IP address decision and privacy · 5 days ago by Rachel Brochado

There has been an interesting development in the legal nature of dynamic IP addresses based on a very recent decision of the European Court of Justice. Our data protection officer Dr. Judith Nink explains what this is all about.

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Clearing up some things from this week! · 40 days ago by Rachel Brochado

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around these past few days about Adblock Plus and Acceptable Ads and the Acceptable Ads Platform, so let us try and clear up the most common ones.

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New Acceptable Ads Platform launches, will redefine RTB and help small websites · 43 days ago by Ben Williams

Today we’re launching the beta version of the Acceptable Ads Platform, a fully functional platform consisting of only Acceptable Ads that will make the whitelisting process faster and easier for publishers, while allowing them to serve alternative ads to ad-blocking users.

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Flattr Plus update · 62 days ago by Ben Williams

How’s your summer going? Well, as readers of this blog are aware, we at ABP have had our hands full with a few Facebook shenanigans — but do you remember that Flattr Plus project? You know, it’s the revolution in non-ad content funding we announced a few months back … Well, we’ve got some newness — and you’re going to want to know this.

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Ping pong with Facebook · 69 days ago by Ben Williams

or: Why I learned to stop worrying and love the open source community

After Facebook began its attempt to force users to see ads, a series of volleys with the open source community commenced, demonstrating the ingenuity and cohesiveness of not only that community but also other ad blockers, the comments section (!), our forum, other forums and even academics. Here’s to all of you! No ad blocker could function without you. You rule.

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Trampling on users’ free will is not sustainable -- even if you're Facebook · 75 days ago by Ben Williams

They call this thing a cat-and-mouse game for a reason. Since we wrote yesterday there have been several workarounds, followed by “re-circumventions” that only brought more workarounds. But the tech tug-of-war is not the point. What’s important is that going against the will of the people is wholly unsustainable.

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FB reblock: ad-blocking community finds workaround to Facebook · 76 days ago by Ben Williams

A few days ago Facebook decided to force users to view their ads, even if those users employed an ad blocker. Well, it’s taken about 48 hours but the open source community that supports all ad blockers has already found a solution. You’ll just need to update your filters (see how here) to return the largest social network to an ad-free place.

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Oh well, looks like Facebook just got all anti-user · 78 days ago by Ben Williams

Facebook announced today that it would start attempting to show ads to ad-blocking users who visit its desktop site. This is unfortunate, but it’s nothing new: they join a long list of “circumventionists” in an arms race against the open source community fueling ABP and other ad blockers.

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Finally! Adblock Plus for Microsoft Edge now available for 350 million Windows 10 users · 85 days ago by Oleksandr Paraska

Today, Microsoft is releasing the big Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Among other changes to the operating system, this brings support for extensions to Microsoft Edge. Which means that people running Windows 10 can install Adblock Plus for Microsoft Edge, and start blocking annoying advertisements in Microsoft’s new standard browser.

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The lonely bully: China issues edict to ban ad blockers · 98 days ago by Ben Williams

Just last week China issued its Internet Advertising Interim Rules, essentially a list of prescriptions for online ads that included Article 16, which stipulates that ad blockers will be banned from September 1. This is troubling news for Chinese users, many of whom block ads on their mobile phones, but it’s even more concerning for the door of online oppression it leaves open.

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