I have an admission. Whenever I use Facebook, Google, or Amazon, I feel a bit guilty. These giant tech corporations are so big, and so powerful, that they each have almost a complete monopoly in some part of technology industry.

I know that it would be better to support alternatives. I know the big tech doesn’t respect my privacy in the way that I’d like. I know that their interests (sell advertising / products) often don’t align with my interests (focusing my attention on things which matter to me). But it’s hard to know where to start.

This is where switching.software comes in. It is a curated resource, highlighting “Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives to well-known software”. The content and source code of switching.software may be freely reproduced under a Creative Commons license, and it’s possible to submit contributions.

I already knew of and use a few of the alternatives on switching.software. In particular, I’ve been using DuckDuckGo instead of Google Search for years. But I’m still fairly dependent on other Google software, so I’ll be looking to explore the alternatives, and switching.software is a great place to start!

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