De-google-ify Internet

An initiative of the Framasoft network for a
Free, Decentralized, Ethical Internet built on Solidarity


For an Internet…

 Free

As far as standards and protocols are concerned, the story of the Internet is one of free software. But its popularity and potential make big firms jealous. They would like to claim control of it by establishing closed code in locked systems that are not interoperable. To keep the Internet faithful to the founding principles which led to its success, it is important that there should be free apps on the Internet, that is to say, apps with opensource codes, accessible under free licence.

 Decentralized

The genius of the Internet must dwell at the margins of the network in a peer-to-peer sharing dynamic, to avoid creating a Minitel 2.0. To insure equality for all concerned, from citizens to businesses, monopolies must not only be excluded, but also prevented from monopolizing personal or public data. Through clear tutorials explaining how to propagate free solutions for establishing a fairer Internet, we intend to facilitate the spreading of codes and a diversification of usages.

 Ethics

We wish to support a participative and independent Internet. Exploitation, surveillance, censorship, and data appropriation are trends we refuse in favor of transparency (integrity), clearly displayed policies for users of the various services, and the refusal of all forms of discrimination.

 Solidarity

Through the services we provide, we promote a model based on cost participation, resource sharing, and accessibility for the largest number of people. Any abuse will thus be avoided, for we all remain fully aware of our common interests. This model also has an educational purpose since, as we document the roll-out of services, many users will in their turn be able to share those resources.

To find out more about this, feel free to read our detailed charter.

Click on the map to discover all alternatives…

The year is 2016 AD. The whole web is occupied by centralized services… Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable Free Software lovers still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Closedum, Centralizum, Trackum, and Proprietarum. In the freedom defenders’ village Fermetum Centralisum Espionnum Privatum NSA 285,615,40 650,320,40 650,605,40 414,183,40 441,540,40 455,81,40 367,495,40 590,540,40 665,245,40 409,355,40 650,760,40 361,588,40 566,338,40 380,42,40 215,555,40 660,485,40 565,465,40 677,171,40 637,395,40 195,630,40 364,122,40 435,263,40 545,620,40 291,525,40 490,480,40 345,315,40 370,244,40 350,675,40 205,465,40 506,560,40 288,456,40 378,428,40 535,395,40 440,635,40

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List of services

In the freedom defenders’ village

Engulfed in sprawling multinational firms, a few non-profit organizations keep up the struggle for an open web respectful of internet users.

In addition to Framasoft, the non-profit association leading the campaign described here, we may also mention April, la Quadrature du Net or l’Aful. These organizations can only keep going with the help of your donations, so don’t forget to support them!

Closedum

Online services are often closed-source: once you start using them, it is very difficult to leave, because these companies do everything to keep you captive by preventing you, for example, from migrating your data elsewhere.

Using open source services means making sure that you will never be controlled by a particular website, but also that you can always migrate your data elsewhere. Read more

Centralizum

Centralized services raise many problems: they make your data very vulnerable (one inaccessible website and everything is down) and make it very easy for third parties to exploit your data.

Using decentralized online services means maintaining a choice between using an online resource such as those proposed by Framasoft or installing/managing the service yourself. Read more

Trackum

“If it’s free, you are the product”: many online services make a living by exploiting your personal data, i.e., selling it to advertising companies. Furthermore, most of these services are based in the United States and obey US laws like the PATRIOT ACT which deny all rights to privacy.

Using online services hosted in Europe means ensuring that you are not dependent on the laws of another continent. In addition, by hosting the service yourself, no third party can violate your privacy. Read more

Proprietarum

Freedom-depriving services ("proprietary" in everyday language) are totally opaque: it is impossible to know exactly what the software does with your data. Only the publisher has control over it.

Using Free online services means being sure the community has control over the software and maintains the ability to modify it, to install it elsewhere, etc. Read more

NSA

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the PRISM program of the NSA showed that fears about massive violations of users’ privacy were well-founded.

Using centralized services amounts to offering your personal data to surveillance organizations without any means to control what they do with it.

Petitions
Framapétition

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Avaaz
Change.org

Framapétition
Release planned on 2016
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Alternative(s) offlineWeThePeople
MySociety
WebForm

URL shortener
Frama.link

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Bit.ly
goo.gl
t.co
tinyurl.com

Frama.link
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineLstu
YOURLS
LilURL
Alternative(s) onlineLSTU
ur1.ca

Weblog hosting service
Framasites

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Blogger
Pages Jaunes
OverBlog
Skyblog

Framasites
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlinePluXML
Wordpress
Alternative(s) onlineWordpress

Mind Map
Framindmap

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Bubbl.us

Framindmap
since 2012

Alternative(s) offlineWisemapping
Mindmaps
Mindmup
Alternative(s) onlineWisemapping
Mindmup

Bookmark
MyFrama

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Del.icio.us
Google Bookmarks
Xmarks

MyFrama
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineShaarli
Alternative(s) onlineShaarli

Meetings and polls
Framadate

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Doodle

Framadate
since 2011

Alternative(s) offlineFramadate
Kyélà
Dudle

File hosting online service
Framadrive

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Dropbox
Google Drive
iCloud Drive
OneDrive

Framadrive
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineNextcloud
Pyd.io
Seafile
Alternative(s) onlineOwnCloud
Seacloud

Notetaking
Framanotes

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Evernote

Framanotes
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineTurtl
Laverna
Tagspaces

An ethical and decentralized social network
Framasphère

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Facebook
LinkedIn
Viadeo
Google+

Framasphère
since 2014

Alternative(s) offlineDiaspora*
Movim
Salut à Toi
Friendica
Alternative(s) onlinePods Diaspora*
Pods Movim

Distributed revision control (source code repository)
Framagit

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

GitHub
Google Code
SourceForge

Framagit
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineGitlab
Kallithea
Gitlist
Alternative(s) onlineGitlab
Savannah
Gna!
TuxFamily
Adullact

Mailing service
Framamail

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

GMail
Outlook
Yahoo Mail
Orange

Framamail
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlineBlue-mind
Kolab
Roundcube
Rainloop
Alternative(s) onlineProtonMail
Mixmail
Mailoo
Sud-Ouest

Shared calendar
Framagenda

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Agenda

Framagenda
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineNextcloud
ZK Calendar
Baïkal
Webcalendar

Online books
Framabookin

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Books
Amazon

Framabookin
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineBicBucStriim
Cops
Calibre2OPDS
Alternative(s) onlineWikiSource
Gallica
Inventaire

Collaborative writing
Framapad

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Docs
Office 365
Zoho Office

Framapad
since 2011

Alternative(s) offlineEtherpad

Online surveys
Framaforms

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Forms

Framaforms
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineLimeSurvey
DayBed
Alternative(s) onlineLimeService
Webform

Mailing lists
Framalistes

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Groupes

Framalistes
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineSympa
Mailman
Alternative(s) onlineRiseup
Ouvaton
Sud-Ouest
FDN

Cartography
Framacarte

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Maps
Bing Maps
ViaMichelin
Mappy

Framacarte
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineuMap
Alternative(s) onlineOpenStreetMap
uMap

Web-based feed reader
Framanews

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Reader
Feedly

Framanews
since 2013

Alternative(s) offlineTinyTinyRSS
FreshRSS
Miniflux

Search engine
Framabee

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Search
Bing
Yahoo

Framabee
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineSearx
YaCy
Seeks
MySearch
Alternative(s) onlineDuckDuckGo
StartPage (Ixquick)
Qwant

Presentations
Framaslides

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Slides

Framaslides
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlineStrut
Alternative(s) onlineStrut

Participative spreadsheet
Framacalc

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Google Spreadsheet

Framacalc
since 2012

Alternative(s) offlineEthercalc
ZK Spreadsheet

Sending pictures
Framapic

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Img.ur
Instagram

Framapic
since mars 2015

Alternative(s) offlineLutim
ownStagram
Coquelicot
Alternative(s) onlineToile libre
Lutim

Community events
Framameet

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Meetup
Facebook Event

Framameet
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlineWanaWana

Jeu éducatif
Framinetest

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Minecraft

Framinetest
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineMinetest

Organizing ideas
Framemo

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Padlet

Framemo
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineScrumblr

Anonymous notes
Framabin

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Pastebin

Framabin
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineZerobin
0bin

Content back-up
Framabag

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Pocket

Framabag
since 2014

Alternative(s) offlineWallabag

Sharing PDF/ODP
Framaxxx

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Scribd

Framaxxx
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlineWebODF ou PDFy

Decision-making tool
Framavox

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Shrtct
1000minds

Framavox
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineLoomio
LiquidFeedback
Alternative(s) onlineLoomio

Visioconference
Framatalk

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Skype
Hangouts

Framatalk
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineJitsi
Tox
Ring
Alternative(s) onlineJitsi Meet
Vroom.im
Hubl.in

Collaborative communication
Framateam

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Slack

Framateam
since 2016

Alternative(s) offlineMattermost
Rizzoma
Rocket.chat

Project management
Framaboard

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Trello

Framaboard
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineKanboard
Wekan

Send large files
Framadrop

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Wetransfer
Dropsend

Framadrop
since 2015

Alternative(s) offlineLufi
Coquelicot
Jirafeau

Video Hosting
Framatube

GAFAM & co
Logiciels
LEDS

Youtube
Vimeo
Dailymotion
Netflix

Framatube
Release planned on 2017
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Alternative(s) offlineMediadrop
Butter (PopcornTime)
Mediagoblin
CumulusClips
Kaltura
Plumi

What is at stake?

In recent years, we have witnessed the widespread corporate concentration of Internet actors (Youtube belonging to Google, WhatsApp to Facebook, Skype to Microsoft, etc.). This centralisation is detrimental, not only because it curbs innovation, but also because it results in a loss of freedom for users, who no longer control their digital existence: their behaviour is continually dissected and analysed so that they can be better targeted by publicity, and their data – which should be private (sites visited, emails exchanged, videos watched, etc.) – can be analysed by government services.

The way that Framasoft would like to deal with this issue is simple: to highlight and provide a Free, Ethical, Decentralised and Solidarity-based alternative to each of these services which deprive users of their freedom. Read more

Threats

The increasingly centralized online services provided by sprawling giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, or Microsoft (GAFAM) pose a threat to our digital lives.

 Surveillance

These services track us everywhere, while claiming to give us a better “user experience”. But our behaviour is under constant surveillance. This information can be used to display targeted adverts, but the revelations of the Snowden case have also shown that Internet giants have been forced to communicate this data (sometimes extremely private: emails from Gmail, photos shared on Facebook, Skype conversations, smartphone locations, etc.) to government services. Under the pretense of fighting terrorism, states are able to gather much more intelligence than a "Big Brother" would ever have dreamed of.

 Privacy

Our data is an extension of ourselves. It tells third-parties where we are, who we are with, our political and sexual orientations, sites we have visited, our favorite recipes, our favorite topics of interest, and so on. While a single data point is not always sensitive, the loss of large amounts of aggregated data can be dangerous (for example if you browse topics about cancer before subscribing to a life insurance)
Your private life is an essential part of your individuality, and in a world where everything has been digitized (ebooks, TV, phones, music, social networks, etc.), it would only take a malicious hacker with access to your smartphone a few minutes to cause you serious harm (taking control of your identity on Facebook, consulting your professional or medical information, making purchases without your authorisation, etc.).

 Centralization

Major actors of the Internet have become real giants: Google owns Youtube and Waze, Facebook has acquired WhatsApp and Instagram, Microsoft distributes Skype, etc.
This concentration of actors creates multiple issues: what if Facebook were suddenly shut down? And how could we browse the Web if Google went down? We rely more and more on services provided by a small group of suppliers. For example, Apple (iPhone), Google (Android) and Microsoft (Windows Phone) dominate almost the entire mobile OS industry.
Furthermore, the size of these actors impedes innovation: it’s hard to launch a startup that can match up to Apple or Google (the first and second worldwide market capitalisations, respectively).
Finally, The lack of diversity of the giants means they can track many people who are unaware that there may be alternatives, and it can influence the kind of data you receive (a Google search will produce different results for the term “nuclear power” depending on whether Google considers you to be an environmentalist or pro-nuclear power).

 Termination

Web services used on your computer, smartphone, tablets (and other devices) are usually hosted on the “cloud”: servers spread across the planet, that host not only your data (emails, pictures, files, etc.), but also the application code.
For your data, this raises the issue of sustainability (what would become of your files if Dropbox were to close tomorrow?) and of your ability to switch easily between services (how would you recover your data from Facebook or Picasa and import it, with all the adjoining comments, into another service?).
For applications, this means that you are completely at the mercy of your service provider when it comes to proliferation of advertisements, changes to the user interface, etc., and that you have hardly any control over the way an application works. It is a “black box” that can exhibit malicious behaviour (sending spam SMS without your knowledge, executing malicious code, and so on).
In short, these companies trap us in gilded cages: gilded yes, but cages nonetheless!

Our proposals

Framasoft wishes to face the threats to our digital lives by offering free, ethical, decentralised, and solidarity-based services.

 Freedom

The story of the Internet itself is one of free software, and this goes for standards as well as protocols. Its potential and popularity are a cause for envy, and large companies would like nothing better than to control it by imposing closed-source, locked-down, and non-interoperable systems.

For the Internet to stay true to its founding principles, those which have led to its success, users must be able to choose free software, that is to say, software whose source code remains open and accessible and is covered by a free software license.

Framasoft is thus committed to using only software with “free” source code.

 Ethics

We promote an Internet based on independence and sharing.

We oppose the exploitation, surveillance, censorship and appropriation of data in favour of transparency (probity), clear presentation of services’ terms of use and refusing discrimination.

Framasoft undertakes not to exploit its users’ data, and to promote a fair and open Web.

 Decentralization

Internet intelligence must remain with each individual player on the network, in a spirit of sharing among peers, to avoid creating a Minitel (a pre-Internet videotext terminal and service) version 2.0.

To ensure equality for all, whether citizens or businesses, not only is it essential to avoid monopolies, but large organizations must be prevented from grabbing personal or public data.

Using tutorials to explain how to increase the use of free solutions that will allow a fairer Internet, we help to distribute codes and diversify usage.

Framasoft is thus committed to facilitating self-hosting and interoperability, so that its users don’t get “locked in”.

 Solidarity

Through the services we deploy, we promote an economic model based on sharing costs and resources, and providing widespread access.

This model also has an educational aspect because we believe that by documenting ways to setup services, many users will in turn be able to share these resources.

We think that, by not infantilizing users and by sharing responsibility for the use of services, it will be possible to regulate abuse.

Framasoft is thus committed to promoting respect and autonomy for its users (as long as this is reciprocated).

Services and Charter

You can find online the list of the services we already offer (and those yet to come), together with our charter:

List of services Framasoft Framasoft service charter Framasoft

In practice

The “de-google-ify Internet” project - which does not exclusively concern Google - consists in offering as many alternative services as possible to those we consider a threat to our digital lives.

Google Docs, Skype, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Google Agenda, Youtube, Doodle, Yahoo! Groups, and many others, are extremely convenient services but they have become far too large and have made us dependent on them. Framasoft wishes to resist this trend and is putting forward a roadmap for setting up alternative services over several years.

These services are free, gratis, open to all (insofar as our technical and financial capabilities allow us), as digital commons. With the goal of decentralising the Internet and promoting self-hosting, we will do our best to ensure that everyone can install their own services (for themselves, for their organisation, or their company).

We are not aiming to compete with these services of course. We merely wish to offer a space that is neutral, non-commercial, and in no way aggressive towards its users.

See the list of services we are already offering (and those that we are preparing):

List of services Framasoft

Support

A project with such a wide scope cannot happen without your support.

Whether you are a developer, a graphic designer, systems administrator, etc., you can contact us to take an active part in the project.

 Contact Framasoft

The simplest and quickest way to help us remains financial support: it allows us to pay for the infrastructure (servers) and the permanent staff committed to the success of this ambitious project. Framasoft is a public interest association ]: a €100 donation will cost you €34, after tax exemption (if you are in France).

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Beginning of the campaign on the 10/07/2014
Last modification on the 30/09/2016

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