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I have seen countries around the world have such a response. Russia freaked out that the latest Windows phones home, USA freaked out about Kaspersky, and so on. Russia has set in motion projects to build homegrown Linux based operating systems etc. I consider all this a good thing.

Why don’t we have the ability to restrict at the OS level which domains an app can send information to? Then we can finally host backend software locally on servers of OUR choice.

I would love to see more OPEN SOURCE apps running on servers of our choice, and communication over mesh networks. In fact I’d love for most functionality to be client-side and an option for ALL data sent to servers to be end-to-end encrypted at the OS level. I dont want to have to trust the APP manufacturer to pinky swear it’s all end to end encrypted. The OS should have a little badge saying none of the data sent by the app is being sent in a way the server can decrypt because the OS intercepts and encrypts it with keys the app can’t get. That may still leave side channels such as timing based information to tunnel through. But if we restrict what domains the app can talk to, we can close that loophole too.

That’s what I would love to see ... finally put an end to server side landlords owning your data just cuz they own the infrastructure!






> Why don’t we have the ability to restrict at the OS level which domains an app can send information to?

Ads.


But Apple is a honey badger - it dont care about ads. Their whole differentiator has become privacy and putting the user first vs apps! Seems like a glorious feature for them no? Safari already leads the way with blocking ads and third party tracking cookies.



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