The internet has become what it was intended to be from the day DARPA began to sponsor its development. Look at the number of Silicon Valley start ups initially funded by the CIA from Venture Capital company In — Q — Tel. Once it became clear that there was potential to connect computers to each other and swap information, internetworking (as we called it in the days when 1200 bps was a fast link,) became politically attractive to organisations that had an interest in controlling information.

The fact that progress” has now made millions of people who are not advanced users vulnerable to all sorts of scams does not concern the people who are trying to gain total control of the internet, “little people” are of no significance to them. It’s about money and power.

Users have the solution in their hands, shun Google, shun social media, learn how to manage your privacy settings and be very careful what you do on your smartphone because they tell all your secrets.

Here’s a list of alternatives to the sites we are told that “the cool people” use, don’t know the person who compiled it but I’ve cheacked a few of the ones I did not already know, and there don’t seem to be any nasties lurking in the woodwork. Why not share any alternatives you know of then we can all join the move away from those tech companies that are too cosy with the NSA

Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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