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No Facebook, No iPhone, No Problem: How I Declared My Digital Independence

More than a decade ago, over the July 4th holiday, I declared my personal Independence Day and attempted to sever ties with Microsoft, then a pervasive and abusive technology monopoly.

I failed.

Several of Microsoft’s products were just so much better than the independent alternatives, so I gave up my personal Microsoft protest. And gradually, as US and European antitrust authorities helped give new companies a leg up on Bill Gates’s power, I became more willing to use Xbox, Microsoft Word, even Bing.

In the meantime, other centralized giants have grown to early-Microsoft levels of power and beyond. Facebook is turning us into guinea pigs.

via No Facebook, no iPhone, no problem: how I declared my digital independence | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

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