Destroying Big Tech:
How You Can Help
By Jefferson White
Below is a list of immediate actions that you can take that will enable you to evade Big Tech surveillance, censorship, and control. Note: Since this not a review site, the recommended software is limited to those programs that are widely believed to be among the best current alternatives to Big Tech.
Most Americans use web browsers that track and record everything that they do online. Every one of the major web browsers spy on you. Here are three browsers that are designed to not spy on you.
Most Americans use “free email services" that record and analyze every email that they send or receive. Even those Americans who have an alternative email service do not encrypt their emails, which means that anyone can intercept and read them. Here are some email systems that are designed to not spy on you and which encrypt your email.
Most Americans use Google as their default search engine. Google monitors, tracks, and records everything that you do on their site and follows you online. Google search results deliberately suppress or ignore web sites that are "insufficiently progressive.” Here are two search engines that are designed to not spy on you and that do not censor according to political and religious belief.
Google-owned YouTube is a core part of the Google spy system. It tracks, monitors, and records everything that you do on their website. It also censors, suppresses, and deletes those videos that contradict Googles progressive beliefs. It demonetizes and denies ad revenues to video makers who are "insufficiently progressive." Here are video sites that are designed to not track or record you and which do not censor or suppress videos based upon a political and religious agenda.
Facebook and every other major social media site track, monitor, and record your interactions with other people on those sites. They also engage in the deliberate censoring and suppression of any communications that do not fit their progressive beliefs. Here is a list of social media replacements that are designed to not spy on you and that do not engage in political and religious censorship.
Hundreds of millions of people use Wikipedia every day. But while Wikipedia can be a useful reference, most Wikipedia articles that involves history, politics, or religion are deliberately edited to fit the progressive belief system of the small cadre of editors who control the Wikipedia system. Here are two alternatives to Wikipedia.
Smart phones track and monitor everything that you do and always know your location, even when the location tracker is turned off. They can be hacked to record you as well. Also, the apps that you use on your smart phone often spy on you. Here is how to secure your smart phone.
Today, most people are buying smart television sets. Smart television sets are spying machines. They record and transmit information on all your viewing habits and can actively listen to your conversations or can watch you. Here is what you can do to block this spying.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will allow you to browse the internet without your identity being known. A VPN ensures that you cannot be monitored, tracked, or recorded. Although you can install a VPN on your own, you may want someone with technical expertise to help you set it up.
Get Rid of Your Personal Assistant
Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant are major sellers in today’s personal technology. Millions of Americans now own these devices. But these “personal assistants” are spying machines. They monitor, permanently record, and continually analyze the information that you provide them. They listen to what you are saying even when they are “turned off.” Currently, there are no personal electronic assistants that are not spy machines. Get rid of it.
You should remove as much as your personal information as you can from the Big Tech databases. Most Big Tech companies “allow” you to remove the data that they have collected on you. Of course, whether that data is actually removed is another question.
Of all the Big Tech companies, Amazon may be the most muted in terms of its spying on and censoring both its users and sellers. However, Amazon does spy on you and engages in selective censorship and shadow-banning of books and other materials that it considers to be insufficiently progressive. Here are some alternatives to Amazon.
Taking It to the Next Level
We have shown you how to evade most Big Tech surveillance and how to secure your online privacy. But what we have shown you is only a patchwork solution that still contains many holes. Any real solution to the problem of Big Tech requires us to take the technology to the next level. Here is how to do that.
Most people have either Windows or Apple as their computer operating systems. Both of these systems continually spy on their users and thus should be replaced with an open source, operating system. But the average user will need someone with technical expertise to help install that new system. And he will have to learn to use it.
A cryptocurrency is digital money that is embedded on a blockchain. Therefore it cannot be counterfeited, inflated, or controlled by any third party, including governments. Security of ownership is guaranteed. Welcome to the cryptocurrency revolution.
The real answer to companies like Amazon who dominate the online market place will be found in the creation of radically decentralized, online markets, where there is no one who owns that market and thus no one to spy on you. Believe it or not, a radically decentralized market already exists. Welcome to OpenBazaar.
Currently, evading Big Tech surveillance and control involves a patchwork of imperfect solutions. What is needed is a radically new kind of Internet, one that will place the user in full control of his information. And that, in turn, will mean that Big Tech will cease to exist. This new Internet is already being built, although it is in its early stages. Here is how you can take part.