[tor-talk] Including Adblock to TBB to save bandwith
thomaswhite at riseup.net
Sat Dec 20 16:40:11 UTC 2014
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Perhaps an internal fork of it could be made specifically for Tor to
make the black/whitelisting process accountable only to the interests
of anonymity and the Tor network. As I understand it, AdBlock
maintains a whitelist where providers can pay to be excluded from
their blockers and so it has a commercial interest which is
potentially very dangerous when combined with the factors already
> Greg Norcie wrote:
>> Also, from a less philosophical POV, adding any add-ons
>> increases attack surface.
> Yeah. Aside from all of the other legitimate reasons why to not
> bundle an ad blocker with TBB, this is also a large amount of code
> (and filtering rules) that are maintained by an outside entity.
> Which makes a pretty decent attack vector.
> And also, if you are a filter/autoblocker/adblock/etc, you're
> deferring to someone else's judgment about what you should be able
> to see or read. I say that as a user of adblock who is okay with
> the tradeoffs (and I whitelist ads on my favorite ad-supported
> I'd be curious about the pros/cons of bundling in something like
> Privacy Badger, which has a bit of a different approach than things
> like Adblock Plus. But this still goes back to the obvious "blob
> of outside code" and filtering issues that adblock et al have. I
> think the best answer goes back to user choice -- users can add
> these and other extensions if they'd like, but Tor's software is
> designed to help bypass filters, so baking in filters feels like a
> step back.
> best, Griffin
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