Ungoogling has reached the mainstream

I’m very happy that ungoogling (removing all your data from Google services and hosting it yourself, using services that respect your privacy) has now reached the mainstream. I did my ungoogling some years ago and it’s been great, even though Google still has its fist up my anus since I use Android.

There is one project that explictly lists ungoogling as its goal, Cozy. They raised over €5 million in the last few months and it looks like they’re well on their way of reaching their goals. I didn’t look at the architecture in detail so I don’t know if they have some security innovations, but if it’s innovative security you’re looking for in addition to easy hosting, there is already Sandstorm.

Both also offer (free) hosting if you don’t want to host yourself. For some, this could be the right choice, for others it might defeat the purpose.

There are of course other hurdles to overcome in the future. It would be nice if every human could have their own little box of storage connected at home, always reachable, making their own data available securely and only to those humans that this human authorizes. We’re still some distance from that goal, but people are working on it.

There will be a time when it’s you who is in control of your data. Not some corporation.

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2 thoughts on “Ungoogling has reached the mainstream”

  1. “There are of course other hurdles to overcome in the future. It would be nice if every human could have their own little box of storage connected at home, always reachable, making their own data available securely and only to those humans that this human authorizes. We’re still some distance from that goal, but people are working on it.”

    It kind of annoys me when I always have to read statements like this. It actually *is* nice that every human can have his own box of storage, and making data securely available.

    The goal is reached, this box exists! https://enigmabox.net/
    Since 2013.

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    1. Thanks, I did know about cjdns but not Enigmabox. It’s great that there’s a project that wants to take the net out of corporate control. I actually have hardware lying around somewhere that I don’t need, I’ll try to find out if the Enigmasuite etc. can run on commodity hardware as well.

      I’m not sure if it’s the same target audience as something like Cozy, I was more thinking along the lines of a little box that works on plain old IPv4, the plain old Internet, but preconfigured to make it very easy for people to have their own cloud storage, contacts and communications storage, and maybe some sort of replication/backup. But working with plain old Internet services.

      Now off to research more on the Enigmasuite.

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