Dissenter, the Brave-based Gab browser that aims to fight censorship

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To be honest, I have been thinking for a while whether to publish this article or not. But why is it going to be a bad thing? It has always been said: on the internet we can find the best and the worst, from information that saves our lives to illegal content of the worst that we can imagine, but we cannot deny that a lot can be censored, and among it the opinions and information of Many people. For that reason he was born dissenter, and here we are going to talk a little about him.

What is Dissenter? To understand it, we have to take a look back in time, and following with sincerity, I have to say that I have done it by looking at this article that I am going to try to summarize a little. Dissenter started as an extension for browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome. The translation is "dissident", and to dissent, according to the RAE, is "to separate from the common doctrine, belief or conduct." Initially, the extension was used to comment on any content, whether it offered the option or not, and that could be a problem if the users were a bit, say, gross.

After removal of the nation extension the Dissenter browser

Gab is a social network very similar to Twitter. Instead of Tweets, we share Toots, the first is the sound that a bird makes (peep) in the second it would be that of an elephant. His philosophy is that there is no censorship, and we can all imagine the good and the bad that this has, but that is the way it is and that is its reason for being. A few years ago, both Google, Apple and other big technology left them "hanging", so they had to step up and get their own servers.

With the lesson well learned, and with the extension removed from the stores, the Gab owners decided to launch their own browser, and this was also a problem. Turns out that is based on Brave, in their privacy policies and trying to sideline big technology, but the CEO of Brave was not amused that a browser was created from his, saying that "Dissenter is just an extension." But Brendan Eich can't do anything about it, as his browser uses open source and is also open source.

Big technology wants total control. Is it the only and best option?

One fact is a bit surprising: all of Gab's problems come from an attack. Bottom line, Gab collaborated with the FBIBut they were not amused that the terrorist used their platform to organize. A personal and non-transferable impression: is it not better that there is an uncensored social network that collaborates with the FBI than other censored ones that are not known and therefore cannot be controlled? Because what is published in Gab is public, so, I think, the problem is not terrorism, but control and censorship. It is my opinion. For those who are thinking "and the private ones?" Well, to say that they do not attack Signal, for example, as they are attacking Gab, for a reason. Fear that certain information will be released publicly? I do not know.

For this reason, its owners decided to no longer just use their own servers, but also create your web browser and other services such as Gab tv, a kind of YouTube in which, in theory, there is no censorship, I insist, with the good and the bad that this can have.

And what does the browser itself offer

As we have mentioned, Dissenter is a kind of Brave, with ad blocker, cookie control, fingerprinting controls and, well, for almost everything it is a Brave. It also has the extension installed by default, so I would summarize by saying that Dissenter Browser is a browser based on Chromium, specifically, and a lot, on Brave, with the comment extension anything that is otherwise unusable and has been created to ensure that no one puts a beating on the wheel, not now or in the future.

Is this enough to use a browser? I no longer go in there, but in the end I decided to write this article because even Mozilla posted a statement basically ensuring that more drastic measures must be taken, so we cannot be 100% sure that from one moment to the next they will try to take a step that we do not like.

How to install Dissenter

Dissenter is available for Linux, macOS and Windows from your download website. Linux users have it available in RPM and DEB packages, and we can also get its code from GitHub. If you are using an Arch Linux based operating system, it is in AUR.


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  1.   Comrade said

    It is an interesting debate that of freedom of expression on social networks. Should it be controlled? Who controls it? Is it the owner of the social network who decides?

    Beyond the debate, "non-mainstream" social networks end up being a meeting place for those who do not find their place in the most popular ones. From what I can see, Gab is the one getting the attention of conspiracy liberals who complain about a lack of free speech. The same thing happened with Mastodon a couple of years ago, which ended up being home to many minorities (and users from India). Also, many people went to Telegram from WhatsApp due to the closure of several groups or channels (I do not remember well). We will have to see the future of these networks in a few years.

    Regarding the article, I found it great. I think it makes Pablinux's perplexity clear about all this (the same thing happened to me).

    1.    pablinux said

      You see that not everyone thinks the same. I have even thought about not allowing comments, but that would be just another type of censorship, although I knew that something like that would happen and probably will if it gets out of hand. Be careful, I write about a browser, one more option, to avoid censorship and they comment on how bad I and the blog am. However, no one has criticized Tor for making Onion available to us and where the Deep Web is accessed, where we can find, probably, even recorded murders.

      I can't help but freak out.

      I leave the question there: Why is Tor good and Dissenter bad?

      A greeting.

      1.    Lol said

        For the ease of access.
        Tor is complicated, you have to download your browser, and find the .onion addresses, there are no search engines like google, it goes slow ... Come on, it's not friendly, and "people" don't download it to see everyday things.

        Now, having something like Twitter or Chrome accessible, where anyone can express themselves freely, that reaches everyone.

        Let the people decide that it is fake or not fake, that it is sexist or not sexist, that it is racist or not racist, that it is funny or not funny ... Are we not free and with an exceptional public education to have our own criteria?

        1.    pablinux said

          It will be complicated, but the bad that we can find there is much worse, and nobody criticizes it.

          A greeting.

      2.    Comrade said

        I think I have not expressed myself clearly enough. I wasn't saying Dissenter is bad or good, in the end, like everything else, it depends what it's used for. And the same is my opinion of Tor and any other technology. I didn't know that in order to speak "badly" of Dissenter (I don't think I did) I would have to criticize something else as well. But I can understand your discomfort by looking at the rest of the comments.

        What I wanted to confirm is that, in the end, all those opinions that are excluded from the majority networks are finding a place to settle. This fact in itself seems a bit dangerous to me, since in the end we end up hearing only the opinions that we like, and not those that make us feel uncomfortable. We make our networks more "bearable."

        Regarding the application, I do not think it is neither fu nor fa. At the end of the day it is a browser + an extension that they have withdrawn from the stores. If they want to use it, fine, but basically it is focused on the users of their social networks. It is as if Facebook or Twitter did the same: Take a fork of a browser so that it comes by default with a plugin that points to their networks. I do not think it is for all users, only for users of their social networks.

        It's all I wanted to say.

  2.   antifa said

    It's shocking that you don't mention that the majority of GAB users are white supremacists. You are a disgraceful blog.

  3.   Ja said

    You forgot to say that you are talking about apps created by far-right people in order to enact their hatred without censorship. And that they were born because they were expelled from nodes created by people from the fediverse (not multinationals), people who were worried about fascism, something that today with two articles you have shown that you are not.

    1.    pablinux said

      One article, not two. And that's your point of view.

    2.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      FAQs
      Do you know the ideology of those who made all the products you use?
      Do you ask the bus driver who I vote for or the surgeon who is going to operate on you what his opinion is about Chinese politics in Tibet?

    3.    Anne said

      Peoples self-conscious about their lack of technological, educational and economic (even aesthetic) development compared to others, usually have genetic reasons for it. But that's the way natural selection is. Biology is one thing, my friend, and ideology is another. Some developed muscle to run and hunt, and others gray matter, to calculate the winds and the resistance of materials, create structures and machines, build strong shelters, sail the seas, guide the waters, create machines, experiment with medicines based on knowledge. chemist, grow or raise food instead of gathering and hunting it and adapt to extreme cold climates, which required more intelligence to survive than in temperate climates. Biology and evolution do not make a greyhound and a border collie the same. Humans are not strangers to these laws.

  4.   Solentiname said

    Very unfortunate that the article does not mention at any time the exact origin of Gab and how it is used mainly to coordinate and spread far-right messages (a qualifier that sometimes falls short of what it moves). Did you want to promote a violence promotion network? Because there are many ways to defend freedom online without having to do it with neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other scum. As another comment indicates, they created their own network within the fediverse because little by little they were expelled from other free nodes, but they did not tolerate discrimination, xenophobia, promotion of violence, etc. Come on, the free communities of the fediverso were throwing them out freely for defending intolerance and lack of freedom. It is the famous paradox of intolerance. Can the promotion and defense of intolerance be tolerated?

  5.   Solentiname said

    Good Morning.

    I imagine that my comment yesterday will be "in moderation", because I do not see it published yet. Great service to freedom of expression, as long as it doesn't bother the editor, of course.

    1.    pablinux said

      The editor has not touched it. Your comment is well visible, just checked. Posted on January 10 at 23:53. Do not come with lies, that was missing.

      1.    Solentiname said

        Neither last night nor this morning were they visible on this website. I appreciate that they were finally published, but it was not at the time. If it is something voluntary or if it was a mistake, that I can no longer know. What I can say is that I say goodbye to a blog that is not able to recognize its mistakes and that hides relevant information from its readers in the body of the news.

        1.    lamescrotos said

          By God and people are mentally ill you obsess over a message you posted and it was not published for a few minutes. This social networks are creating new generations of sociopaths.

  6.   Bubexel said

    It is not about the ideology of whoever made the application. It is for which ideology this technology is going to be used. Dissinters is genete like Anders Behring Breivik, who use social networks a lot to distribute their hateful message, even broadcasting their mass murders live like Brenton Tarrant did. As social networks are repruding them, they are creating these platforms for this use. Let's say they are tools for hatred, supremacism, racism and hatred.

    So yes, it is an important piece of information.

    If pedophiles created an application where they could distribute their shit and who would advertise such a tool, I would be outraged anyway.

  7.   Jose Rodriguez said

    How sad that it only comes for 64Bit on Windows. I would have liked to try it, but I only have machines with 32Bit.

  8.   QAnonSp said

    »To be honest, I have been thinking for a while whether to publish this article or not."
    - - - - - - - -
    Only with that beginning, and the fact of having had to ask this question, for me, already reflects the evident lack of FREEDOM, the oppression of the »Mainstream ', fear of going out of the allowed squares of the board, and the need for means' Alternatives' for the Dissident.
    A President is censured for being an 'extremist' against the 'Establisment', the only one without having started any war in +50 years. But at the same time, RRSS profiles of Dictators who assassinate their People remain open. It gives enough to think (for oneself)
    If you disagree with an idea or opinion, in any case, do not read it, or you can try to think and debate / refute with arguments not with absolute fallacies, AdDominem or others, etc.
    Closer and closer to a new world, perhaps even darker.
    Welcome to Dystopia. Orwell-1984
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    When a true Genius (LEADER) appears in the world, you will recognize him by this sign: all fools conspire against him. (The Plot of Fools-John Kennedy Toole)

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello:

      Regarding the first, the only thing I can tell you is that I am the editor of a blog, not the owner. Look at the comments: attacks on me and on the blog. I knew what could happen and that's why I thought about it. If my actions could not harm others, I would not have hesitated. Regarding the lack of freedom, I agree.

      A greeting.

  9.   QAnonSp said

    'To be honest, I've been thinking for a while whether to publish this article or not.'
    Only with that beginning, and the fact of having had to ask this question, for me, it already reflects the evident lack of FREEDOM, the oppression of the 'Mainstream', fear of going out of the allowed squares of the board, and the need for means' Alternatives' for the Dissident.
    A President is censured for being an 'extremist' against the 'Establisment', the only one without having started any war in +50 years. But at the same time, RRSS profiles of Dictators who assassinate their People remain open. It gives enough to think (for oneself)
    If you disagree with an idea or opinion, in any case, do not read it, or you can try to think and debate / refute with arguments not with absolute fallacies, AdDominem or others, etc.
    Closer and closer to a new world, perhaps even darker.
    Welcome to Dystopia. Orwell-1984
    When a true Genius (LEADER) appears in the world, you will recognize him by this sign: all fools conspire against him. (The Plot of Fools-John Kennedy Toole)

  10.   Sinflus22 said

    Excellent article, the descriptive and illustrative work of a professional. Thank you.

  11.   Mario said

    Hello, good note!
    Can Dissenter be installed on Android?

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      No. Apparently there is only for desktop

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