[radical idea] Open-Supply / Open Web whitelist extension : linux

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I had the concept that an effective way to advertise open supply, Linux, and open initiatives (like Wikipedia) in addition to privateness rights could be to create a browser extension that blocks all websites not whitelisted for being a part of that neighborhood. There are occasions the place I wish to browse a “clear” web, somewhat than having to fret about being always linked or pushed on to the “industrial” web, with its cancerous internet pages, trackers, commercialism, and surveillance capitalistic nastiness basically.

So the extension would act principally like your typical piHole/uMatrix/and many others area blacklist, however as a whitelist for FOSS/privateness as an alternative, and naturally may very well be simply toggled on and off (since we do want the “common” web typically… for now).

Whitelist choice could be as much as the top person, and any individual or group may create a listing and provide it within the extension UI. It could be good to have a easy UI the place clicking its icon (or context menu choices) would can help you flip it on/off and choose your “favorites” lists in case you had a couple of you wished on for fast switching if you simply gotta see that hyperlink.

I’d counsel one which solely included public websites (.govs), open supply web sites (like Linux distros and the encompassing neighborhood eg askubuntu.com, plus FOSS software program websites basically), open/non-profit web websites (wikipedia, activists), and github/and many others. Clearly, there could be some “impurities” in there, and finally it is as much as the top person to decide on my “proprietary” whitelist over a extra “purist” one, however simply to provide you an thought of what I had in thoughts (this whitelist system might be evolutionary, simply because the Linux software program system is, after all, being designed on the identical highly effective rules).

The purpose is not only for my very own private obsessive disorder to be glad, however I feel it might actually assist to develop the neighborhood. I feel for a lot of, myself included, the open web is simply “a pleasant place to go within the mixture of issues” and finally much less valued in precise use than extra closed websites (like this one). As a result of we have now that “straightforward repair”, we do not actually push ourselves to have interaction with the typically messier repair of platforms like Mastodon (I imply, we’re all right here, aren’t we). This retains the communities even smaller than they may very well be, and retains us from actually pushing to evolve the open supply/NIX software program and social media into one thing extra hospitable

(Mastodon/RIOT will not be as easy as Reddit/Discord I am afraid, and never solely does it delay loads of non-FOSS individuals, it legitimately places off loads of us as nicely, if not from becoming a member of outright then from partaking extra frequently).

And in flip the “impurity” of some lists will create loads of marginal clients for websites/apps – if they will enhance in X means on privateness as an example, they are often added to Y whitelist, rising web page views/customers) – that may drive the adoption of higher practices all through digital society through guidelines of financial demand (hijacking capitalism might be enjoyable as a cherry on high).

I suppose Reddit would not be whitelisted… oh nicely. I may in all probability use much less time on right here anyway 🙂

PS sorry if I use “too many” bequotationed phrases. I suppose that may annoy some individuals.

Additionally the thought is each radical in the political sense as nicely as the tubular/superior dude sense; two for one, look at the deal you are getting this Friday evening.

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