Commit 1c7b5064 authored by Aral Balkan's avatar Aral Balkan

Updated the open letter to Wired.

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Statistics by [Better Inspector](https://source.ind.ie/better/inspector) based on [the page](https://archive.better.fyi/wired.com.har.gz) as on <!-- lastUpdate -->Monday, May 16th 2016<!-- /lastUpdate -->
## Block rules
## Open Letter to Wired
![Screenshot of Wired’s doorslam that blocks access unless you turn off your tracker blocker.](/spotlight/wired.com/wired-malware-blocker-blocker.png)
### Here’s The Thing With Shortsightedness
![Screenshot of Wired’s doorslam that blocks access unless you turn off your tracker blocker.](/spotlight/wired.com/wired-malware-blocker-blocker.png)
Dear Wired,
#### An open letter to Wired:
**You don’t get it:** It’s not about ads, it’s about behavioural targeting and tracking.
<strong>You don’t get it:</strong> It’s not about ads but behavioural targetting and tracking. We are disappointed that violating our privacy and compromising our security are the ways you have chosen to monetise your service. We hope you will stop blocking valuable tools like Better that protect people from trackers, ad-delivered trojans, and other web malware.
We are disappointed that violating our privacy and compromising our security are the ways you have chosen to monetise your service. We hope you will stop blocking valuable tools like Better that protect people from trackers, ad-delivered trojans, and other web malware.
While we hope you will reconsider your malicious stance against human rights, we are not willing to sit by in the meanwhile and let you compromise people’s privacy and security. In addition to blocking the roughly 50 third-party trackers that your site exposes people to, we are also blocking your blocker blocker with the following rule:
While we hope you will reconsider your malicious stance against human rights, we are not willing to sit by and let you compromise people’s privacy and security in the meanwhile. So, in addition to blocking the roughly 50 third-party trackers that your site exposes us to, **we are also now blocking your blocker blocker with the following rule:**
```mson
- trigger:
- url-filter: assets/load
- url-filter: wired.com/assets/load
- action:
- type: block
```
Now it’s your turn: if you want to, you can inline all your JavaScript to break our blocker-blocker blocking rule.
Now, it’s your turn: if you want to, you can inline all your JavaScript to break our blocker-blocker blocking rule.
Then, we can update our rule so it disables all of your first-party JavaScript…
We can play this game of cat and mouse all day long. Or you can ask yourselves: is this really the game you want to be playing…?
So, we can play this game of cat and mouse all day long or you can ask yourselves: is this really the game you want to be playing? How will you explain your escalating disdain for the rights of your readers to your employees; most of whom, we’re sure, are decent folks who just want to do the right thing?
### You have ethical alternatives
If you want to make money while respecting our rights, you have ways of doing so that don’t track us or compromise our privacy and security.
You can, for example, use non-behavioural ads that don’t track people (like [The Deck](/spotlight/decknetwork.net) does).
Or, you can switch completely to a subscription model and abandon behavioural advertising altogether.
Or, you can engage with a service like [Flattr](https://flattr.com) or join with other publishers to create your own.
### Reconsider the ethics of your business model
It’s not our job to come up with a ethical alternatives to your current business model. However, if we can come up with three viable ones off the cuff, I’m sure you can do even better if you decide to dedicate yourselves to it.
If you want to make money while respecting our human rights, you have ways of doing so without tracking us and compromising our security. You can use non-behavioural ads that don’t track people (like The Deck), switch completely to a subscription model (which we’d happily support), or use a service or model similar to Flattr or Tip The Web.
What we will *not* tolerate is this attempt to keep your core business based on behavioural advertising and tracking while attempting to extort funds out of your readers who are simply trying to protect their privacy and security on the web.
We urge you to [reconsider the ethics](https://ind.ie/ethical-design) of your business model.
You have alternatives. We hope you will choose one that respects the human rights of your readers.
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You have alternatives. We hope you will choose one that respects the rights and safety of your readers.
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