Destroying Big Tech:
How You Can Help
By Jefferson White
Below is a list of immediate actions that you can take that will allow you to evade Big Tech surveillance, censorship, and control. Because this not a software review site, recommended software is limited to those programs that are widely believed to be among the best current alternatives to Big Tech.
Most Americans use so-called free email services that record and analyze every email that they send or receive. Also, many email services do not encrypt or fully encrypt their emails, which means that they can be intercepted and read. Here are some email services that are designed to not spy on you and which fully encrypt your email.
Most people 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 suppress or ignore those websites that contradict Google's progressive politics. Here are two search engines that are purposely designed to not spy on you and which do not censor their results according to political and religious criteria.
Google-owned YouTube is part of the Google spy system. It tracks, monitors, and records everything you do on their website. It censors, suppresses, and deletes videos that contradict Google's progressive politics. Here are some video sites that are purposely designed to not track or record you and which do not censor or suppress videos based upon a political agenda.
Facebook and every other major social media site tracks, monitors, and records your interactions with others on those sites. They engage in the deliberate censoring and suppression of communications that do not fit their progressive agenda. Here is a list of social media replacements that are designed to not spy on you and which do not engage in political censorship.
Hundreds of millions of people use Wikipedia each day. But while Wikipedia can be a useful reference, Wikipedia articles that involve history, politics, or religion are deliberately edited to fit the progressive beliefs 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. Smart phones can be hacked. The apps that you use on your smart phone often spy on you. Here is how to secure your smart phone.
Today, most people buy smart televisions. And smart televisions are spying machines. They record and transmit information on your viewing habits. They actively listen to your conversations, and can even watch you. Here is what you can do to block the spying.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to browse the internet anonymously. Using a VPN will help ensure that you cannot be monitored, tracked, or recorded online. 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 now major sellers in the personal technology market. Millions of Americans own these devices. But these “personal assistants” are little more than spying machines. They monitor, permanently record, and continually analyze the information that you provide them. They listen to what you are saying even when “turned off.” Currently, there are no personal electronic assistants that are not spying machines. Get rid of your personal assistant.
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 most 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 is the most restrained in terms of spying on and censoring its users and sellers. But Amazon does spy on you and engages in selective censorship and shadow-banning of books and other materials it considers to be insufficiently progressive. Here are some alternatives to Amazon.
Taking It to the Next Level
We have covered the basics of how to evade Big Tech surveillance and of how to secure your online privacy. But these are only partial solutions. The full solution is to take the technology to the next level. Here is how you can do that.
Most people have Windows or Apple as their computer operating system. Both of these systems spy on their users and should be replaced with an open source computer operating system. However, the average user will need someone with technical expertise to help install that new system and will also have to learn to use it.
A cryptocurrency is digital money embedded on a blockchain. It cannot be counterfeited, inflated, or controlled by any third parties, including governments. Security of ownership is guaranteed. Welcome to the cryptocurrency revolution.
The real answer to companies like Amazon is to be found in the creation of radically decentralized marketplaces. No one will own these markets or control them, and thus no one will have the ability or the incentive to spy on you. Believe it or not, a radically decentralized marketplace already exists. Welcome to OpenBazaar.
Currently, evading Big Tech surveillance and control involves a patchwork solution. What is required is a radically new kind of Internet that will place the user in complete control of his information, which will effectively destroy Big Tech. Surprisingly, this new Internet is already in the process of being built. Here is how you can take part.