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Re: [tor-talk] Adblock Plus and Ghostery should be included in Tor bundle

On 2/12/2012 6:53 PM, Ted Smith wrote:
The problem I see in Tor adopting AdBlock as a default-installed plugin is that it allows the controller of that list to censor websites without oversight. I think if AdBlock is installed by default in the Tor Browser Bundle, the list configured should be run by the Tor Project, since we have to trust it anyway if we're using its software.
Good point, but that would result in another "project" for Tor Project to develop & maintain. Many would agree w/ you & some of Tor devs * might * (in theory), but I wonder how realistic that undertaking is currently? Perhaps if funding for Tor Project were much larger & there were many more developers.

Right now, many AdBlock users are upset because it's developers have decided to "allow some non intrusive" advertising, by default (though users can opt out). If Tor Project DID develop something like this, it'd probably be better for Tor users than installing untested addons.

I have no idea if this is feasible, but could someone from Tor Project approach (any) appropriate developers about developing (or allowing branches of) these or any other addons that Tor Project thinks are truly useful? It's true these 2 aren't open source.

The issue of these 2 addons needing to update lists (during an anonymous TBB session) can be solved by turning off automatic updates in the addons' options - yes?

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