De-google-ify Internet


On the way to your digital independance… ? The road is clear!
De-google-ify Internet offers you the possibility to follow it in several steps.

Discover and use free alternatives (hosted by Framasoft), with the help of our collaborative documentation to learn how they work, how to log in, how to use their fonctions, etc..

Documentation

If you have the possibility, freely host the same software directly on your school/association/company/organization thanks to our self-hosting tutorial found in the Framacloud.

Framacloud

You can also look for a trustworthy local webhosting service among the KITTENS, Keen Internet Talented Teams Engaged in Network Services!

KITTENS

Why?

These services are software, but this software is set up on someone else’s computer (on what’s called "servers"). Using services offered by Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft… ("GAFAM") means giving them your data, the parts of your life that you put on the Internet. So it’s a matter of trust.

This trust has allowed a handful of companies (GAFAM) to centralize data from a huge part of the population, holding a near-monopoly on our digital lives (an oligopoly). The dangers and stakes are threefold: economic, technological, cultural…

Stakes and dangers

Our approach is simple and consists in determining the self-imposed conditions that may justify such trust. We aim to offer alternatives that respect people and diversity while making it impossible to reproduce such monopolies.

Nos propositions

In order for you to determine whether you can trust us, we have published an introduction to our Framasoft network (and to the non-profit that supports it), together with our reports and administrative documention under Who are we?

Who are we?

We are a small-scale non-profit (under 40 members, under 10 employees) that has to deal with many different types of requests:

  • taking part in various events ;
  • answering the press and media ;
  • providing assistance with our services ;
  • sharing technical experience ;
  • providing all types of explanation…

In order to answer you in the most human, personal fashion, we have designed a single page that enables us to find the most suitable person for your particular query as quickly as possible. We promise we’ll do our best, but there are only 24 hours to a day ;).

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Like all our actions, our services are not free of charge: they are financed by donations from people who support us through a one off or regular donation. About 90% of Framasoft’s revenues comes from the donation economy and is used to finance:

  • our permanent staff’s salaries ;
  • servers and technical expenses ;
  • travel, flyers and communications ;
  • our participation in the world of free software/libre culture, etc.

Framasoft being an association of general interest, a donation of 100€ in France will cost you 34€ after tax exemption. We have set up a unique site to support us, consult our reports (validated by an auditor), and learn more about the donations received.

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In recent years, we have witnessed the widespread corporate concentration of Internet actors (Youtube belonging to Google, WhatsApp to Facebook, Skype to Microsoft, etc.). This centralisation is detrimental, not only because it curbs innovation, but also because it results in a loss of freedom for users, who no longer control their digital existence: their behaviour is continually dissected and analysed so that they can be better targeted by publicity, and their data – which should be private (sites visited, emails exchanged, videos watched, etc.) – can be analysed by government services.

The way that Framasoft would like to deal with this issue is simple: to highlight and provide a Free, Ethical, Decentralised and Solidarity-based alternative to each of these services which deprive users of their freedom.

Some examples?

Major actors of the Internet have become real giants: Facebook has acquired WhatsApp and Instagram, Google owns Youtube and Waze, Microsoft distributes Skype, etc.
This concentration of actors creates multiple issues: what if Facebook were suddenly shut down? And how could we browse the Web if Google went down? We rely more and more on services provided by a small group of suppliers. For example, Apple (iPhone), Google (Android) and Microsoft (Windows Phone) dominate almost the entire mobile OS industry. Furthermore, the size of these actors impedes innovation: it’s hard to launch a startup that can match up to Apple or Google (the first and second worldwide market capitalisations, respectively).

Finally, The lack of diversity of the giants means they can track many people who are unaware that there may be alternatives, and it can influence the kind of data you receive (a Google search will produce different results for the term “nuclear power” depending on whether Google considers you to be an environmentalist or pro-nuclear power).

Some examples?

Web services used on your computer, smartphone, tablets (and other devices)are usually hosted on the “cloud”: servers spread across the planet, that host not only your data (emails, pictures, files, etc.), but also the application code. For your data, this raises the issue of sustainability (what would become of your files if Dropbox were to close tomorrow?) and of your ability to switch easily between services (how would you recover your data from Facebook or Picasa and import it, with all the adjoining comments, into another service?).

For applications, this means that you are completely at the mercy of your service provider when it comes to proliferation of advertisements, changes to the user interface, etc., and that you have hardly any control over the way an application works. It is a “black box” that can exhibit malicious behaviour (sending spam SMS without your knowledge, executing malicious code, and so on).


In short, these companies trap us in gilded cages: gilded yes, but cages nonetheless!

Some examples?

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