"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it"
-- John Gilmore, Co-Founder of the #eff
After a lot of thinking, I've decided to keep my Google account. The truth is, I get a kick out of knowing that real people view my Docs / Drive files whenever they want. Who wouldn't want this?
I will also be switching to Chrome browser, and I will upload my passwords to Google shortly. I will also upload the phone number of myself and my contacts to Google's servers, as I believe the recent lawsuits Google have been a subject of are FAKE NEWS.
In light of this, I will stop using @Qwant and opt into tracking by using Google search. The truth is I just like being tracked. Who am I to judge? I have nothing to hide, so I don't care.
I also encourage website owners to employ proprietary mechanisms such as Google's reCAPTCHA. As this technology trains Google's AI, I think it will help Google make money from my hard work. I'll give my work to Google for free, and believe that they are giving reCAPTCHA away for free to help random people.
Also, I will be flashing the stock ROM back onto my device. Then, I can let Google store my IMEI and other personally identifiable information about my character. If they want to build an online profile of me, then I encourage them to do so.
You should also enable Location History, so Google can track which locations you visit. Install Google Fit, so Google can understand how you move about in your day-to-day life.
I trust Google with my...
- files via Google Drive
- videos via YouTube
- personal documents via Google Docs
- images via Google Photos (which are used to train AI's)
- shopping via Google Shopping
- PowerPoint presentations
- music via Google Play Music
- books via Google Play Books
- games via Stadia
- applications via Google Play
- card details
- home address; work address via Google Maps
- IP address
- unique fingerprints assigned to my Android device
- medical records
- communications with Google Hangouts
- virtual phone number by using Google Voice
- translation information stored under Google Translate
- news by using Google News
- blog articles with Blogger
- collections stored on Google Search
- Earth information
- personal notes on Google Keep
- Forms, which I will provide to Google via Google Forms
- websites by using Google Sites
- mail, I will be using Google Mail
- important dates, which are stored under Google Calendar
- Drawings; Jamboard
- team communications via Google Chat
- advertising with Google's Doubleclick
- analytics, in which I will use Google Analytics
- domains; Google Domains is good!
- Lens, which will train Google's AI
- TV, I shall be picking up a Chromecast and connecting it to the network
- Live TV: YouTube TV is interesting
- safety via Google Nest, and its hidden microphone
- with my browser history, Chromebooks are going cheap
- Nest Wifi, I will use Google for my WiFi
- Android Auto, Google's handsfree system
- Wear OS via an Android Wear watch
- Messages, which will be stored using the Messages app
- Video calls via Google Duo
- Advertising via AdSense
- Financial information by using Google Finance
- Drawings; Google Drawings
- Keyboard information via GBoard
- Search keyword alerts with Google Alerts
- Classroom meetings with Google Classroom
- Flight information with Google's Flights
- Font CDN, by opting to use Google Fonts for my websites
- Fitness information with Google's Fit
- research with Google Scholar
- Maps with Waze
- Entertainment for my children via YouTube Kids
- Webapp storage, with Google Firebase
- Business storage with Google Cloud
- mobile news-viewing, Google's AMP is great!
- Order processing with Google Actions
- application engagement with Firebase Analytics
- Android application engagement with Android Analytics
- RSS feeds, with Feedburner
- Automated reality, with ARCore
- AI models, with AI Hub
- private business information, by using Bigtable
- Visual programming, with Blockly
- Information processing via Beacons
- DNS lookups, via Google DNS
- charts, with Google Charts
- application hosting, via Google Cloud
- serverless functions, with Cloud Functions
- browsing information, via Chromium
- code search, with Google's very own Code Search
- printing requirements, with Cloud Print
- Error reporting, with Google Cloud
- databases, with Firestore
- issue tracking with Google Issue Tracker
- website performance testing, with Lighthouse
- robot proofing; reCAPTCHA
- online virus protection; Google Safe Browsing
- targeted analytics with Google Tag Manager
- my to-do list; Google Tasks
- enterprise information: G Suite
- trend analysis, with Google Trends
- phone number lookups with Google Phone
- privacy; Connected Home
- favourite music, by committing to YouTube Music
And that's why you should use Google.
Wanna break free from #Google?
Instead of #gmail, I use #disroot (disroot.org). with #k9 (k9mail.github.io) and #thunderbird (thunderbird.net) as clients.
Instead of #google search, I use #searx (Searx instances), #duckduckgo (duckdukgo.com), and #startpage (startpage.com).
Searx instance FuckOffGoogle.de has the most suggessive name. 😀
I recommend setting it as a default search engine on publicly used computers (at your school, work place, internet caffees, etc.) 😉
Instead of #youtube, I use #peertube (joinpeertube.org) and #invidious (Invidious Instances).
I also use #firefox #addon PeerTubeify to get redirected to peertube if a #video is available from there.
Instead of #googleplus, I use #diaspora (diasporafoundation.org).
Instead of #chrome, I use #icecat (Icecat), #firefox (Firefox), and #tor #browser (torproject.org).
Instead of #chromeos, I use #Parabola #GNU #linux-libre (parabola.nu) and #linuxmint (linuxmint.com).
Instead of google #calendar, I use #nextcloud / #owncloud calendar (nextcloud.com).
Instead of #googledrive, I use #nextcloud and #syncthing (syncthing.net)
Instead of google forms, I use Framaforms.
It is only available in French, which unfortunately I don't speak, but that does not stop me from regularly using it. B-)
Instead of doodle, I use Framadate.
Instead of #android, I use #replicant OS (replicant.us) on a Technoethical S3 phone.
#FSFE has a good website freeyourandroid.org about liberating your device.
Instead of #googleplay, I use #F-Droid (f-droid.org).
If you want to reach all apps from Google Play, I recommend #yalp store (YalpStore), but be warned that most of the apps there are not #free-software.
Instead of #googlemaps, I use #openstreetmap (openstreetmap.org).
Instead of google street view, I use #mapillary (mapillary.com).
For text #chat, I use #xmmp with my #disroot account, with pix-art messanger #fork of #conversations (Conversations) on mobile and gajim on desktop.
For video chat, I use #jitsi (jitsi.org).
#Framasoft and #diroot offers plenty of other great services. See degooglisons-internet.org/en/l… and disroot.org/en/#_white-bar
Finally, I recommend you to spread/share your desire, successes and difficulties (both online and offline) of getting free from Google and #GAFAM ( #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon, #Microsoft) in general.
Microsoft on their good old "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" bullshit...
#Springer has published dozens of free #scientific books:
Zoom acquired Keybase today.
Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.
Beware the Keybase formula:
1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded
Speaking of #rust implementations...
I know privacy community blame #wire for being aquared by some kind of venture company, but their rust implementation of #signal protocol was independently audited and, ifaik, server implementation too (it is written in #haskell).
I see no problems in self-hosting it.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
A (quantum) computing nerd
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