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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

Sad, but true. Google is absolutely everywhere. If you really mean it, you can avoid it. It will take away convenience, but to a very few of us this won't be a problem. The issue here is too serious to be taken lightly.

Start by using

Think again.


Mappack wrote

It will take away convenience, but to a very few of us this won't be a problem.

This. It's really easy to avoid google, you just have to change your search engine, turn off javascript in your browser, get a phone with lineageos and change your email provider if you use gmail, but the inconvenience people would go through because of this is what makes google practically unboycottable.


NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

I'm almost there myself. DuckDuckGo, ProtonMail, LineageOS... It's all doable. As I said somewhere else:

In this dystopia we're living, convenience goes down as privacy goes up. If it stops being like this, it means we have actually changed the world to something better.

We need to support all community projects. Feed the small ones. Leave us choice. Don't give the big businesses our freedom on a golden plate.


baffy wrote

are you an OSM contribute?


NEOalquimista wrote

No, actually I was just thinking about a replacement for Google Maps and that came, so I recommended it. I think I made it sound like I'm talking about my project :D


baffy wrote

I'd suggest using StreetComplete on your phone, it'll show you small edits needed around you, and makes them easy.


josef_stallman wrote

I just want to plug /f/freeasinfreedom, where we try to minimize the impact of tech companies like google interfering in our lives. There's lots of self-hosted alternatives to google software.


baffy wrote

Boycotting Google is easy. Android phones are fine, just install CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android. Remove Google Services Framework and install MicroG. Run a decent adblocker (ublock origin). If you see their public wifi, use a VPN. I need to get into more detail in a post.


NEOalquimista wrote

I'd like to interject for a moment. What you refer to as CyanogenMod has changed to LineageOS after the project had been shutdown, in case you didn't know :D It's now maintained by some of the old people from CM. It's quite active really. My 2016 phone keeps getting new nightly builds all the time.


sudo wrote

Best use of the interjection meme I've seen in weeks.


Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

I appreciate that you posted this article!

I wonder how much encouraging people to use adblockers would be a meaningful equivalent of boycotting.


radditnews wrote

and noscript to block the google analytics code almost every website forces on you


tnstaec wrote

Google is really hard to avoid, believe me. The consumer end services are easy enough to never use, but so many website use Google APIs or reCaptcha.

But I think it's worth it to divest yourself as much as possible. Capitalism is bad enough, but having one company with so much control is positively dystopian.


ziq wrote

Especially now that they're censoring socialist search results.