Thinking of how the Brave browser blocks ads but then replaces them with their own to generate revenue.

What if there was a browser/chrome/Firefox add-on that you paid ($2 a month?) That installed a cookie on your device that would then remove adds from all.the sites you visited, that gained a share of what you paid in order to remove ads for you. So mass media sites, tech sites, etc. Would recognize your cookie, see that you’ve paid, and track how many sites you visited and then bill the company for how many users subscribed to the ad free service.

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So there would be a single identifier that you sent to every website, and those websites would report visits to a central authority, which would then generate a list of all of the websites you visited and at what frequency? I fail to see how that ‘enforces privacy’.

I could see this working for something like youtube, where it already makes sense for them to track the videos you watch. If there was an option to pay a small fee that got distributed amongst the channels that I watched (with a small cut to youtube if I must), I would probably take it. I have many doubts about doing it for the whole internet, though.

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Agreed. To OP, its actually not a bad idea overall, but i agree that you’d need to find a way around the single unique identifier issue.

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Fair point. I don’t know enough about cookies but it would have to be a zero knowledge proof identifier. Not sure that could be programmed into a cookie.

So mass media sites, tech sites, etc. Would recognize your cookie

Good luck with that.

Track how many sites you visited and then bill the company

Soo now it’s not just me being tracked by each website with cookies, they see when I come back etc. Now it’s central tracking which websites I visit?

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Isn’t it already central tracking for some cookies used by Facebook etc?

I think they can be accessed just by facebook. Many websites have like buttons which then allow facebook to access your fb cookie

i think

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Not using cookies, but Coil and Flattr do exactly this.

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They eliminate ads on the sites you visit with the consent of the site and share revenue with them?

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Just to add: Coil and Flattr.

Another useful link is the proposed web standard web monetization which Coil, Mozilla, and the Creative Commons are involved in.

On the subject of Flattr, they seem more like an alternative to Patreon but you choose how much you pay in total each month instead of how much you pay to each creator.

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