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.
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.
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