This is because I understand some things that many people do not, or do not want to. This isn’t because those people are stupid or purpousely ignorant; rather, my circumstances forced me to part with some of the comforts of predatory software, and it opened my eyes to the world that universal software freedom could create.
I understand that my life can be, in large part, described by information about what I do, what I say, what I enjoy, and what I purchase.
Knowing my location to just ten meters of accuracy for just a week, for instance, will tell you that I am a college student; that I study mostly the sciences; that I rarely shop at brick and mortar stores; that I am not a devout follower of any religion that demands scheduled worship; and that I am partial to sushi.
I understand that the people with the motivation and resources to collect that information have no concern for my wellbeing, except insofar as I remain a customer and source of information.
Google knows my location, a lot of the time, and requires it for many services so as to make it very difficult for me to justify turning off their access. Without location tracking, I cannot use anti-theft features of the Android platform. This is an artificial limitation, but an effective one.
I understand that it should be and to a large degree is possible to exist in the modern, digital world without giving away this information to such people, but that it requires some effort on my part.
OpenStreetMaps is as effective as Google Maps for autonavigation and in fact better for casual location browsing, and does not spy on me, but it requires installation (GMaps is default) and is not as performant on the Android platform.
Understanding these things, I feel that it is my duty, to myself and to my community, to reject and replace the products and services of as many spying companies with those of non-spying companies and nonprofit groups as rapidly and thoroughly possible.
That can only be done with free software. So, I am a free software radical.
@tindall thank you for putting it out there. i understand all 3 and its important to vocalise. i have already purged most non-free surveillance malware from my life. i run a GApps-less phone. i run a home server for cloud storage/services. i run linux.
it's not easy, but i enjoy challenges and it gives my life meaning. software freedom and privacy are both very important to me.
@tindall It is truly amazing the amount of freedom, customization, and community that FOSS provides. What is your software of choice?
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