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.
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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.
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.