Google is given kind of a pass on this one, but I'm not convinced that's fair. Makes new offerings like the PinePhone look really tempting.

"Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards"

computerworld.com/article/3528

@mike It isn't. This is the danger all platform owners end up running into.

@boblmartens We need a "Linux" for phones that isn't controlled by an advertising company. Something open source and available to anybody without the spying.

@mike I agree completely. I wish someone would be able to step forward but that industry seems almost intentionally handicapped by regulations that it is a hard thing to break into.

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@boblmartens Agreed. To the benefit of the established industry. I feel like there should be a way (at least in urban spaces) to utilize TOR/VPN/WiFi to create a completely separate voice system, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out.

@mike There are options out there (trying to work out with my two sons for us to use Riot.im for communicating over wifi). Sadly, our rural community doesn't have the ubiquitous wifi that would be needed ... but maybe that is OK.

@boblmartens The need to be constantly in touch is something that's only come about in the last decade or so. I'm just as bad as anybody else about my phone, but I have to wonder if it's good for us in the long run.

@mike Yes, exactly. That is something I am struggling with as well. What is the proper place?

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