How to De-Google

Recently I wrote the post,“Please Leave Google,” with a lot of tips on how to leave this Big Tech company. I think that most people who have a grasp on how big the influence of Big Tech is on humanity will agree that this is a good idea.

Someone who certainly agrees with this is James Corbett from “The Corbett Report.” I highly recommend checking out his website if you haven’t done so already, because there is a ton of very useful information there related to this subject.

On the 27th of April, James made a video related to Google.
“Today on #SolutionsWatch, James talks to Rob Braxman (The Internet Privacy Guy) about how to de-Google, and why protecting your privacy online is so important.”

Great stuff, so please check out the video below.

 

Please Leave Google

I believe that it is common knowledge that Google is not a nice company. They are known for their aggressive marketing, buying up competitors, lack of respect for privacy, habitually breaking the law, and regularly breaking agreements related to honest business practices.

Google uses and abuses its monopoly position in the market. More and more politicians who are not on the pay-list of Big Tech will argue that the Big Tech companies need to be broken up into smaller companies, to break this monopoly position for the good of everyone.

Political change may be on the way. “In a sweeping report spanning 449 pages, House Democrats lay out a detailed case for stripping Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google of the power that has made each of them dominant in their fields.” Source: House Report 

For me there are two major reasons not to wait for this political change to take place, but to leave Google now. The first is increasing censorship of YouTube, of even the most respected doctors, scientists, and politicians. The second is the censorship of content of the Google Drive.

Most people who don’t limit themselves to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for their online news gathering, will know that censorship has reached record levels in 2021. For example, anyone who talks about vaccine side-effects will be blocked on YouTube.

These are not just emotional videos by laypersons who voice wild conspiracy theories, but also doctors and scientists voicing their concerns about experimental vaccines rushed in with emergency procedures, vaccines which are already killing people.

Now it is one thing to block posts on a social media account. It is quite another step to offer people an online storage place, like the Google Drive, and then to monitor what kind of data is put in this online storage, censoring what you don’t like.

“Google is blocking access to a PDF document that has compiled 106 pages of screenshots of mainstream media reports about people who have allegedly experienced negative side effects or died after taking a COVID-19 vaccine and social media testimony from those who have alleged adverse vaccine reactions.” Source: Reclaim The Net 

Is this still something we should call censorship, or can we rightfully call this digital dictatorship? I am not sure, but I know that to restore privacy and the free sharing of important information, it is best to leave Google and to never look back. There are much better alternatives.

The wonderful website Restore Privacy has already done all the work for you, if you decide to leave Google. “With growing concerns over online privacy and securing personal data, more people than ever are considering alternatives to Google products.”

Check out this wonderful report. “This guide aims to be the most exhaustive resource available for documenting alternatives to Google products. It has become one of the most popular guides on Restore Privacy and is now updated for 2021.”

Alternatives to Google Products for 2021

 

Please Leave Facebook

Much has been written about Facebook, by those who value privacy and human rights. In the past few years Facebook has been in the news in so many negative ways, that I am often surprised that there are still people hanging out on this “human-unfriendly” platform.

I do understand that leaving Facebook has some disadvantages. Since I left, there are some people with whom I hardly have contact anymore. If you want to have simple, superficial contact with a lot of people, Facebook is an interesting option.

Still, there are many good reasons to leave, and to move to alternative social media platforms like MeWe or Gab. Here are the three main reasons I see for leaving Facebook now, regardless of the risk of losing those who only contact people on Facebook.

1. Censorship

Facebook actively censors any information you put on your Facebook account, for example information which is not in line with what the WHO writes about the current COVID-19 outbreak. More and more doctors and scientists openly say they don’t agree with the WHO, but you won’t read that on FB.

This will certainly influence those who mainly use FB for information. If you are pounded with the “We all need to be vaccinated, vaccines are safe” rhetoric, then you will be influenced by this. Even if you are not aware of this, subconsciously you will be affected. Read more about Facebook censorship. 

2. No Respect For Privacy

Even when you have only a free account, and never buy anything through FB adds, your personal data will still be harvested by Facebook, and sold to those who want to have targeted add campaigns on this platform. FB has the same lack of respect for privacy that Google displays.

The most striking example of this harvesting of personal data was exposed when “Open Graph,” a Facebook platform, enabled “Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, to collect vast amounts of personal information and use it to attempt to sway voters. They were eventually exposed and given a huge fine of $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission.”

3. No Data Security

This is the reason I was triggered to write this article now. “Half a billion Facebook users’ information posted on hacking website,…” Companies who collect your private information are responsible for handling this information with care. Facebook obviously doesn’t do that.

One could say that these kinds of breaches can happen to anyone, but a company with this level of financial means can easily prevent data breaches by investing money into data security measures which are airtight. It is just a matter of investing money to protect customers. And not investing the money needed shows disdain for all those who trust you with private data.

A censored platform, with no respect for your privacy, where your personal data is sold and turned into money, and your private information is not secure. Do you really want to keep hanging out there? The censorship alone should be enough reason to check out and leave.

Censorship DOES influence people deeply. You have to understand that. Maybe you think it is not that bad, because you also read news on different platforms. But just like commercials have a great influence on our subconscious thoughts, so does censorship influence our opinions as well.

In this time of the great reset, and the response to this by the freedom loving part of our society, many alternatives to our current systems and services are being developed. Do not be afraid therefore to leave the old behind and embrace the new. This is how you leave Facebook:

How to Permanently Delete a Facebook Account

Five Big Tech Alternatives

At the moment “Big Tech” is getting more and more negative publicity. Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are getting very active with censoring whatever they deem unworthy to be published through their channels. Free speech is clearly under attack.

Besides the reduction of free speech, the limitation you are faced with when you use the services of Big Tech, there are other reasons to switch to alternative options for these services. These are typically companies who prove again and again not to respect your privacy.

If you do not want your private data harvested for marketing purposes, you should avoid using these services altogether. And if you are not sure yet whether this is really such a serious issue, these privacy concerns, I highly recommend watching “The Social Dilemma” to you.

A third reason to avoid Big Tech is the financial side of the story. When you support Big Tech, you support tax avoidance and enriching share holders. In general, you support the 1% of the world population who owns half of the world’s assets, not the other 99% of the world population.

Reclaiming free speech, protecting your privacy, restoring wealth distribution. In my opinion, these are three good reasons to switch from Big Tech to smaller alternatives, who are not involved with these negative practices, but operate on a more humanistic foundation.

There are of course many small alternatives to the Big Tech services, too many to mention in one blog post. I will simply start with mentioning five good alternatives, services I use myself, with positive experiences. Here they come.

Brave Browser
“As a user, access to your web activity and data is sold to the highest bidder. Internet giants grow rich, while publishers go out of business. And the entire system is rife with ad fraud. Brave is built by a team of privacy focused, performance oriented pioneers of the web. Help us fix browsing together.” Visit website.

Duck Duck Search Engine
“Search privately with our app or extension, add private web search to your favorite browser, or search directly at duckduckgo.com. We don’t store your personal information. Ever. Our privacy policy is simple: we don’t collect or share any of your personal information.”
Visit website.

Signal Messenger App
“State-of-the-art end-to-end encryption (powered by the open source Signal Protocol) keeps your conversations secure. We can’t read your messages or listen to your calls, and no one else can either. Privacy isn’t an optional mode — it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time.”
Visit website.

Proton Email
“We are scientists, engineers, and developers drawn together by a shared vision of protecting civil liberties online. This is why we created ProtonMail, an easy to use secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption and state of the art security features. Our goal is to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks.”
Visit website.

MeWe Social Media
“MeWe challenges the status quo by making privacy the foundation of online social experiences. MeWe does not share or sell your personal information to advertisers or marketers. There are no ads, no targeting, no newsfeed manipulation and NO BS! Share content only with those you wish to see it. It’s your online life, with trust, control, privacy and safety.”
Visit website.

Restoring privacy, free speech, and balanced wealth distribution has to start somewhere. What is the first step? I believe that switching to these kinds of services can be a constructive, meaningful first step. If you have additional ideas, please let me know!

The Corporation & The New Corporation

Years ago I watched a very provocative and insightful documentary about corporations, and how they influence everybody’s lives. Even though it is made in 2003, the things discussed in this movie are still very relevant toda.

“THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time…. Taking its status as a legal “person” to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?” The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics…. The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.”

If you have not seen this documentary, I highly recommend that you do, it is available for free.

The Corporation – Full Movie

To my delight I discovered that a sequel to the original movie is made this year, called “The New Corporation.” Instead of focusing on the corporation itself, this movie focuses on how our world is influenced by big corporations.

“The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society. The New Corporation reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy. We trace the devastating consequences, connecting the dots between then and now, and inspire with stories of resistance and change from around the world.”

The new movie is unfortunately not available for free. For more information about “The New Corporation”, you can check out the official website, and you can check out the trailer.

The New Corporation – Trailer

It is time to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to have, and what kind of role WE want the corporations to play in this. Without our financial support, corporations will not survive. We can all decide how we want to spend our money and monitor what kind of influence our spending has on the world. These are important decisions, so we have to choose wisely.