Sneak peek at Collusion 1.0
What’s in store for Collusion 1.0? This demo from Lead Developer Dethe Elza provides a sneak peek at the exciting new features the project will release in June.
Collusion 1.0 will make it dramatically easier for you to take action. It will allow you to not only see who’s tracking you online, but also take steps to turn that tracking off when you want to. Instead of just pulling back the curtain on trackers, Collusion 1.0 will help you learn more about who’s tracking you online, and take steps to block or whitelist those trackers going forward.
Working together, we can use Collusion to change the way the Web works — to make it more transparent, build in user sovereignty, and protect your choice, privacy and freedom online.
We saw Wil Wheaton’s post about online tracking today, recommending a browser add-on called Ghostery.
We wanted to mention that Mozilla also has a new tool in development called Collusion which is an experimental add-on for Firefox that allows you to see which sites are using third-party cookies to track your movements across the Web.
The image above shows what Collusion looks like in practice. The data visualization of a vast network of trackers grows and evolves in real time once you hit the on switch and allow Collusion to ‘watch the watchers’ as you browse. The results of a full day of browsing can be enlightening, and even upsetting, to see.
To learn more about how it works, watch Gary Kovac’s TedTalk: Tracking the Trackers.
Plans for Collusion this year include improved user experience and tools, improved visualizations, and a server component for users to optionally upload data that can help Mozilla build an open database of the tracker ecosystem.
The Collusion add-on can be found here:
As always, it’s a pleasure to Follow Wil Wheaton on Tumblr. (He’s got the googly eyes, which helps with all this watching watchers business.)