Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Jul 2017 20:56 UTC

China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple.

Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt the country's system of internet filters has vanished from Apple's app store on the mainland.

Profit over people is entirely normal for large corporations like Apple. They rarely choose the other way around.

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RE[6]: Censorship
by mistersoft on Thu 3rd Aug 2017 14:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Censorship"
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Thought experiment, if "the PC" dies, not dies dies, but goes from being "1 in every household" to 1 in every 5 households to 1 in 10 etc..

And the slack is taken up by more and more mobile devices with curated or even "locked" app stores. And (hypothetically) even laptops going the app store route (chromebooks virtually have it, macbooks would like to be mac app store only, windows would probably like to store only)-

In this mildly dystopian near future - how "locked down" do we wish to be?

Could the following ever work to bring a balance to security and choice/freedom:

Have governments step in via the regulators to mandate a divorce between device manufacturers and "app stores".

i.e. you can choose at set-up time (or after a factory reset) one of a potential myriad of app stores on any device - not all apps stores would cater to all devices however. e.g. Apple's app store would probably not stock any Linux or Android/Google apps, might eventually acquisce to holding some MS apps. Play store would probably be a free for all, holding apps from most platforms with relative minimal code screening vs Apple; and the Linux Freedom App store would also probable be a free for all platform wise and with no code checks at all. (of coures each store would have a "section" - iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Ubuntu phone or whatever; this could be a legal requirement even if it's allowed to be empty)

...Naturally not ALL the Apple/iOS apps available on the Play Store would also be available on the (apple)App Store, only a more conservative subset - therefore if you want included the less secure, more risky or more liberal iOS apps - you would have to slightly perversely choose the Play Store, MS store or Linux Freedom store to get them (as would any friends/colleagues you wanted to for instance communicate with should they be communications apps)

Presuming it goes without saying that what Apps in this scenario could actually DO when loaded on their respective OSes would still depend on all the design choices, philosophies and security model of the OS owner/developer.

Far-fetched, maybe a little.
Could it "work" - I reckon potentially...

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