Can you live without Google ?

Dear reader,

Thanks for stopping by, and thank for any real comment, if I had any…. Most of the comment I have are spams. But I prefer having spam than tracking you.

I have decided in my blog not to track you at all, and to pay for my blog instead of getting a free one from Google or any other “free” blog plateform. I am using the free open source plateform WordPress. I don’t know how many vistiors I had so far, and I don’t really care. I am not really writing this blog to get an audience. Maybe I could have more readers with the Google plateform but I have got few reasons why I would like to  avoid using Google services. And I have stopped to use by default Google for my search on the web.

Do you realize how much power we are giving to Google and Facebook with our “personal information”. I am focusing on these two as these are the two giants one and their practice should be known by the “public” for the public interest. However does the public care about their privacy ? Most of the public consum without any care on privacy,without so much care how their personal information is managed. And they agree because these big companies provide them a “free”service. I acknowledge that it is usefull and get our daily life easier. But we shall use this with care.

Most of who likes technology have followed this summer the trial beetween Samsung and Apple, however fewer have heard that Google had been fined last month by the FTC to pay 22.5 millions $ because they are tracking Safari users using without their consent.

According to the FTC webpage there, the first sentence is written as “Google agreed to pay…” To me that means Google have tried to settle an agreement. I am just outraged because the fine is so small compare to their revenue, and I think it would not impact them nor prevent them to track you again by illegal means. I am wondering what we don’t know yet about Google, as it is somehow a secret company. The European commission target them for their competition practices. They redirecting youtube links before their competitors, hence abusing of their dominance on the market. There is lot of thing we don’t know about Google, and this particular event have deicded me not to set Google as my home page anymore. I am currently stopping to use my gmail email address. I trying live without Google

In late 2009 they have set their own public DNS server. They claim that it is more secure. The problem I can see is that, they’re bounding the web to what Google want. An internet for consumer. Instead of using Google DNS you should use OpenDNS, and if you don’t know what a DNS is. Here is a very fast explication. On  the right here is a representation of the internet network map. The DNS system bind an IP adress to a name you can see on your web browser. For instance going to the address http://46.51.197.88 is the same than going to http://duckduckgo.com a public DNS server make the translation between the two. Here is the wiki page about DNS if you want to learn more about it.

The issue is that the network will impact more and more our lives, and we should learn and take the advantage of if. Internet should belong to the people and be used by and for the people.

Do not let Google own your internet, make it yours and be more than a consumer.

How about you ? Can you live without Google ?

Social media’s alternatives

Dear unknown reader,

Thanks for the comment I had so far. I did not post any article since few weeks now. I did not took care of my blog so much lately. I should write more. Because often I want to do to well my post. I would like to add value to my post provide some analysis  bias to point of view with some argument, instead of posting some quick comment on about an event.  I would rather wait for sometimes trying analyze the situation before writing a post. Maybe that’s not the right thing to do (A blog is web log after all)

Yet I don’t have twitter nor Facebook, to comment on anything happening and I am paying for my blog instead of having a free one. Why ? I have grewn up on the generation before the social media’s and I did not subscribe as soon as things came out… Sometimes I feel I’m getting old fashion as people ask me : Do you have a Facebook ? I’m just replying politely No I don’t…but it’s hard sometimes to explain why quickly. So here is my long answer :

I had Facebook for few months and I lost my password. I could never get back my password. I have breach their Terms of Service as I used false name on it, and they found out when I tried to get back my account. So I don’t have Facebook anymore I don’t want to grant Facebook the right for my digital life. When Facebook arrived everyone enjoyed it without thinking on privacy issues nor any knowledge on the information world we are in the information you’ll give to this companies.

Now many people cares about their privacy, and it’s too late to remove Facebook as their already connected with loads people they don’t want to loose contact with, so  people use it. I am sure a lot of people use it under a false name. I know someone who’s got two account. One under a false name for chatting girls, and the other one under his real name for his friend. Anyway I hate Facebook because they have transformed internet into something where you cannot be anonymous internet user anymore.

At the time when the Egyptian revolution was on going a political activist was describing the situation under a false name. His account has been suddenly shut down by the company, but he could get him back because he has some connection, he could have his account back and using Facebook for the good cause of Egyptian revolution. So Facebook was cited as the social media in the trend with the Egyptian revolution.

This example among others shock me because it grant Facebook the right decide the activity on his social network. It’s all matter how Facebook social media is seen by the public. When it give bad publicity for their plateform I am sure your accound would be closed quickly. Me I see social media run companies a threat for your privacy and your freedom of speech, but I guess Mark Zuckerberg truly believe it helps people to connect and enhance their digital life.

Are you friend with Mark Zuckerberg ?

I guess if you have Facebook you are participating to make him billionnaire, and you have given him access to your digital life, with the right to keep all your personal photos text songs on his servers, just to spy your habbits on his plateform, so he can show more accurate adds…

I have chosen not have not such friend. I am sorry. But don’t get me wrong ! I am for social media ! There is some other alternatives : http://diasporaproject.org. It is a decentralized opensource social media which respect your privacy which puts you in center of your digital life. As it a decentralized network no one can really control it.

If anyone likes my post you can ask me my username and add me on diaspora….

Regards,

Stay anonymous online…

Hello,

Thanks for passing by here and read my post, I have not written any post since a while now.

Today I would like to  talk about the staying anonymous online. Unfortunately in many countries this right is being more and more under threat. In UK very recently the government is proposing to a new law to monitor all the traffic on your phone/emails/Twitter/Facebook for security purpose so the officials says.

U.S had done a very similar thing about 10 years ago after the most famous event. This was Patriot Act. I am not sure that this has been efficient on prevention of terrorism. Moreover this legislation did not made the U.S citizen any safer in my opinion but made their democracy under more threat than before.

If you had watch Loose Changes, there is a lot speculation on going which I don’t really agree with. In fact I am not interested to know the truth on these events. However what I can see that if someone famous on mass media says publicly that he don’t believe to the officials explanation of 9/11 events, he got censored and face a lot of pressure from all the media. To me that shows that something is wrong there because the Freedom of Speech is under threat, and that the U.S officials doesn’t want people to ask questions on this.

I feel we’re on a  society of consumption without any consciousness. We’re using technology without thinking of the impact it has on the society. It transform us all. Yet the global leaders of most nations underestimate theses changes and are trying to make law new without understanding the network itself, nor how the world change quickly for something that no one understand yet.

Anonymous appeared because they don’t believe in any form of officials explanations, that could be from company officials, countries officials, and many others. So they protest online ….DDoS attack are useless in my opinion only dissruptive. And that make the games of the politicians.Why do we feels that the government lie to us ? I guess this feeling is not new. The web have reduced the distance between me and you, and unofficial s ideas are conveyed in instants.

This is why it is important to have the right to publish on Twitter/Facebook/Blogging anonymously, the government need a watchdog to ensure that he acts for the people and not to tell them what to think. What’s better watchdog other than people themselves ?

Yet the safety argument is false argument to me because monitoring every form of communication would generate a lot of data to analyze in real time ,and I am not sure it would prevent from a terrorist attack. Does the CCTV have prevented crimes ? I would like to see the figures. The UK government have not said much how they gonna do it.

More pragmatically I have been to a famous shop in London few week ago and you can buy a hardware encrypted phone(Not a software one, such as app on Android or IPhone). You need a pair of them to make it work. I have asked to the representative the stupid question why people need to get such phone ? The person told me that some people requires confidentiality… Connect the dot now… Moreover I am sure the people who makes such legislation are not aware of how Internet works. On top of that if you go online , I just look for 5 minutes and I found a lot how to encrypt a an SMS text using your iphone : http://guyism.com/tech/black-sms-encrypts-your-text-messages.html. The text are encrypted in AES (Advance Encryption Standard), and anyone who has little knowledge in cryptography know that it is very difficult to decipher, especially in real time !

I don’t think such a law would prevent terrorism, nor makes people any safer, just taking away some of our privacy.

Privacy threats

Dear unknown reader

Since few days I have been looking to the Anonymous videos on line. I have been searching for a more construct pledge about their ideology, more than their campaign for their new operations such as Occupy Wall Street on 17 th September. We can agree or disagree with the mean they use to spread their ideas. I don’t feel belong to a group because I would like to keep my freedom of thinking and actions. For now I’m writing a blog with to share ideas.

I think this movement is growing and will be growing even further. Government cannot ignore this movement anymore. Everybody would like to be free. On the other way around when you feel oppressed it means that part of your freedom is taken away.  And we should protect our freedom that is why I am trying to spread the anonymous ideas .

I would like to emphasis some points which may have been not highlighted by the group before on this blog.

Google is taking seriously our right to privacy and so they say, no confidential will be used outside of the company. Eric Schmitt state few years ago

if there is something you don’t anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing in it the first place.

And moreover he says judgment matter. I remember to have a conversation with someone who told me he doesn’t care as he did nothing wrong in his life, and he think that’s not a problem if someone read private emails with his girlfriend. He has nothing to hide he says. The problem here, that  he doesn’t don’t think further in my opinion.

Eric Schmitt also said that his company must comply with United State law Patriot Act. It means that if the government may have access to information about you. People such as my friend would say that’s all right, I am not a criminal nor a terrorist so I don’t care about it. Indeed Judgment matters here.  Government may not want to look for individuals, such as my friend but may would like to survey civilian may not fit to system made for us. Recently Google agreed in 2010 to share information to the NSA to prevent cyber attacks, so they say. Check this link from the Whasington Post there

As our privacy goes away and it may become like 1984 from George Orwell without no one to notice it has happen. Everyone enjoys Google services, Facebook at what cost ? Dear reader let me ask you a question?

How much of privacy are you ready to trade off for Google services?

Think carefully about it the previous question. No one can answer for you. I believe that if part of your privacy goes away it is also part of your freedom which goes away.

Thanks for reading.

Anonymous

I am not part of anonymous because I would like to keep my freedom of thinking. I beleive becoming an (h)activist may limits to my freedom of thinking as I will become part of a group .

However I support their cause for freedom of speech. I also beleive there is other actions rather illegal means. I do not agree with all of their statements, and ways of actions however they give a different point of view from what people think usually.