“I started the book several years ago by doing collective searches on keywords around different community identities. I did searches on “black girls,” “Asian girls,” and “Latina girls” online and found that pornography was the primary way they were represented on the first page of search results. That doesn’t seem to be a very fair or credible representation of women of color in the United States. It reduces them to sexualized objects.”
“We have built our business on a very simple proposition: we proudly charge money in exchange for providing a service. This means our loyalties are not split. We exist to serve your needs.
Our top three values are all about exactly this. You are our customer, your data belongs to you, we are good stewards of your data.”
I recently switched from Gmail to Fastmail and it’s fantastic. And since I pay for it, I can be fairly sure I am the customer, not advertising companies.
“It doesn’t matter if Facebook, Google and the rest have no malicious intent, or if they really do want to “bring the world closer together”, or “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, or “develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible”. We need to be free and independent agents of our selves.”
I’d like to think that every post made on a blog outside the Facebook and Google ecosystems, each time somebody tries some open source software, and every time somebody installs an ad blocker are small acts of defiance; steps toward a freer internet.