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It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
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I like your site!
I think we need more sites like this, geared towards less technical users that show making privacy-conscious choices is neither impossible nor "too technical" for the average user.
@samae Wire's business model is slightly unclear, they're a centralised system so it's really important to know where the money is coming from.
@samae I'll take a look.
@switchingsocial Why no mention of Matrix as a messaging alternative? It is open and federated.
@switchingsocial @morre @nickfarr Something with straight lines, something simple. Arial or alike would be best to read. I'm not sure if the message that your site is aimed at non-technical people need to be conveyed through it's font type. Making sure that all necessary info can be easily accessed should be a higher priority I think. But that's just my opinion.
Welcome! Like the lightweight site. Alternative to Google Play store seems to be missing though :)
@Coffee You mean f-droid? F-droid.org currently seems aimed at technical users rather than non-technical ones?
I would like to think that F-Droid is aimed at anyone who likes their apps clean and free of tracking.
It is unfortunate that it is a bit more fiddly because Google disadvantages alternative app stores, but it's not *that* much harder. Non-technical people can and do use F-Droid. You might like to read https://f-droid.org/en/2017/07/03/cuba.html regarding that.
@Coffee It's awkward because the f-droid app is easier to use than the site, and people have to go through the site to find out about the app.
For example there aren't any categries on the site, but there are in the app.
switching.social is for people who aren't comfortable with terms like "repo" or "FOSS".
If someone *is* comfortable with those terms, then I'd recommend they go straight to Framasoft's guide which is much more comprehensive (but also more techy):
Thanks for the feedback. I've passed it on.
Wow! Gran trabajo.
Gracias por compartir.
@switchingsocial This is an awesome resource, thank you!
Should I take the lack of an Instagram alternative to mean that, as of now, there isn't any good ethical alternative?
Glad to help! 👍
@switchingsocial oooh nice
@switchingsocial Hi there, I was wondering what is the best place to start a blog? I'm looking at wordpress.com now but I would prefer something FOSS or federated, if that exists... I can't pay for it unfortunately.
Thanks, yeah, there was some mention of it. I'll see if it can be in the next update of the site.
@switchingsocial I'm not sure it's good yet, I'm trying it out right now.
Ok, post with your experiences if you can :)
@switchingsocial .. so this is where all the fandoms go to write fanfic. That's pretty much the only active crowd on here.
Thanks for the report!
@switchingsocial Thank you for being who you are :)
I just made mention of your nice site at: https://community.humanetech.com/t/humane-technology-reading-lists/21/114
Now still have to parse it for https://github.com/engagingspaces/awesome-humane-tech candidates..
@switchingsocial That CryptPad thing rocks
Someone was doing a French version a while ago but haven't heard back from them.
The whole site is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA so anyone can do their own version in their own langauge if they want to. (The licence just requires that switching.social is credited for the original text, and that the new version is also shared under the same licence.)
@switchingsocial First, your website is really nice! Wanted to ask which criteria you use when you recommend different alternatives? For example, when it comes to Slack alternatives, Zulip, Rocket Chat, and Mattermost should also be mentioned (besides Riot/Matrix).
Will do! Thank you for organizing this list.
@switchingsocial Thank you
@switchingsocial Why didn't you include Telegram APP? Client side is GPLv3 They maintain even separate branch for AOSP users that have notifications without Firebase and Ggl services
Several Apps you haven't include (that I like) that surprised me. What is the criteria? It's not GPL only as I noticed.
The critera are that the alternative has to be as private/ethical as possible while still being easy to use for a non-technical person.
I asked the Fediverse their opinions of Telegram and it brought up some significant problems:
Telegram gain big respect and proved that they are very ethical. Heard this on 36C3: https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-9653-russia_vs_telegram_technical_notes_on_the_battle
Private chat is optional not default. That is main problem I have. Usage experience is miles ahead Signal and Wire.
RMS wouldn't endorse any of this 3 mentioned but while waiting for ideal chat App, Telegram deserves to be listed due to huge contributions to GPL and for being easiest and first convenient App to offer E2EE that I could recommend to my laziest friends.
@switchingsocial Love your guide! One thing I recently realized... Mozilla Thunderbird is not a good Outlook alternative UNTIL you install & configure the proper Extensions. Then it becomes awesome!
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