Never use Google, Bing, Yahoo or Yandex. They spy, collect, and sell literally everything you do while you are on that page. Your IP, your device, your search result, how long you engage with their targeted ads, what site you go to, and much much more. On top of that they have biased results that push certain agendas and throttle down dissenting sites.
Whatever you choose, make sure to set it as your default search engine in your browser's settings.
The Best options:
- Mojeek: Fully independent search engine as it has its own web crawler and index. Doesn't rely on indexes from Big Tech. Gives unbiased results and strives to protect user privacy but it is based in the UK which is a five eyes country. Uses 100% green servers if that is your thing. Only downside is that the results can be sometimes be weak at times.
- Searx: This is an open source metasearch engine that aggregates results from search engines of your choosing. You can either choose from a public instance, or self-host your own.
- YaCy: Open source, self-hosted, distributed search engine written in Java. Based on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. Completely decentralized and amazing when it comes to privacy. Has lots of features.
- Gigablast: Old search engine that is still up and has a large index(mostly of old sites). Launched back in 2002 by a very small New Mexico group. Company behind is anti-censorship, pro-privacy, and anti-big tech.
- Private.sh: Gigablast and Private Internet Access team up to make a next generation private search engine. Project is still in early access.
- Qwant: Based in France. It isn't evil like Google but it still has some censorship. They once claimed they were against this but they signed a Macron-backed censorship agreement with Big Tech companies and even have a report option for search queries. Mostly uses their own web crawler and more importantly their own index but it isn't big or complete so they use Bing to fill in the gaps. They are vague on what data they store as they contradict themselves on this topic but for the most part it seems they respect your privacy.
- Yippy: Primarily designed to be a search appliance for businesses and enterprises. Has a public portal that respects your privacy. Metasearch powered by IBM Watson with features such as clusters. Mostly good service but the results can be disappointing.
- Metager: Another metasearch engine that is open source. Claims to use 50+ engines but it returns mostly Bing. Unlike Searx, it is centralized meaning there is only one main site created by the developers and there aren't any instances or something along those lines that is available. Based in Germany and protect your privacy. Cool feature that it has is that it can open links with its proxy service.
Front-end Desktop Application: Freetube - Cross-platform computer desktop application to allows you to watch YouTube videos without being tracked. Uses Invidious APIs.
Front-end App for Android: Newpipe - Lightweight FDroid app that with no Google libraries or Youtube APIs. Browse and watch YouTube without the the spying. Has features like subscribing to channels, grouping channels, and downloading videos.
Front-end Web Instances:
- Invidious - Choose from list of instances or self-host invidious to browse and watch YouTube without actually going to the site and getting tracked. When posting YouTube links on the internet, never link YouTube directly; always link the Invidious version instead. Get people in the habit of using this.
- Odysee: Front-end for LBRY, an open source, decentralized blockchain-based protocol for digital media content created by the LBRY team. It is primarily a user friendly video platform intended to replace lbry.tv. Embraces its blockchain-based backend to resist against censorship. Aims to bring the experience of YouTube 10 years ago before it slowly became crap and modernize it in web 3.0. Very ambitious as their goal is to be a successor to YouTube rather than just be another random alternative. Already has a big community with a variety of viewpoints. It does suffer from being slow, stuttering, and being somewhat buggy. iOS and Android app is available but it is pretty buggy. Still missing features like livestreaming, changing resolution, and etc. It seems that those are in plans as they are being slowly rolled out for testing and will arrive soon.
- LBRY.TV: The original youtube-like website created by LBRY that was a front-end to their protocol. Provides literally the exact experience as Odysee but with a slightly different interface. Developers have noted that they want to move away from this site in favor of Odysee for a number of reasons. One reason is due to the fact lbry.tv confused people on what LBRY actually is which is a protocol.
- Update: lbry.tv will be retired in summer 2021. Here is the full blog post on this situation and reasons why they want to move towards Odysee.
- D.tube: Stands for Decentralized Tube. The site is centralized but everything else is built on decentralized technology. It is a YouTube clone that uses Steemit, Hive, and Avalon blockchains. Other decentralized tech it uses is IPFS, BTFS, and SkyNet. Similar to Odysee, uploads and views help you earn the site's original crypto.
- Bitchute: Started after one of the first ban waves of YouTube back in 2017. Grew rapidly as shadowbanning, censorship, and etc gradually grew more rampant. Video platform that uses peer-to-peer technology for storing media content. This means the bitchute doesn't have a central server/middleman that stores all the videos. Videos that don't have a lot of traction/views are very slow to load. Known for being fiercely pro-free speech (Of course things that are obviously illegal aren't allowed). Have started censoring videos lately. Their response to this has been that apparently it is due to mistakes with their team. Somewhat of an echo-chamber. Plans to add some decentralization in its back-end by using the decentralized database engine GunDB.
Federation Alternative: Peertube
¶ News Articles
Make sure you archive it, then post the archive link.
Furthermore, reconsider your news consumption habits. First off, social media is a terrible place to get your news and updates regardless of your ideology. Big Tech and Legacy Media profits from the controversy and outrage that they bait. On top of that, they manually or algorithmically push their biases and certain narratives while actively suppressing the reach of dissidents. Apply the 24 hour rule to news and follow the slow news guideline. Even if you are just there to follow civil, unbiased news, 99% of the time, the news they post can be found outside of the service on their own website. Avoid proprietary news aggregators like Apple News, Google News, Flipboard, and Reddit. Don't worry, the solution doesn't involve signing up for updates with email from your favorite news companies which can bombard your inbox constantly. Use the RSS data format to curate the sites you want to recieve updates from and RSS feed readers to read the news. The overwhelming majority of news sites support RSS, even those that don't mention it explicitly(For instance, when inputting a URL to your RSS reader use the feed page [https://*/feed]). Here is a guide to RSS and how to use it. Why you should use RSS.
- QuiteRSS: Free and Open Source, Qt and Webkit based, RSS feeder available on modern Desktop OSs. Comes with an adblocker which allows custom filter and a small password manager.
- Fluent Reader: Built using Electron, React, and Fluent UI. FOSS application for Windows, Mac, and Linux Desktop.
- NetNewsWire: Free and Open Source RSS reader for iOS and MacOS.
- Newsboat: Free and Open Source, terminal based RSS reader for Linux distros.
- NewsFlash: GTK RSS feed reader built using Rust.
Self-host your own streaming platform:
For more established platforms:
OpenBazaar: Spiritual sucessor to DarkMarket, a small, short-lived project developed at a Bitcoin Hackathon. Original team behind that rebranded it to OpenBazaar. Inspired by an infamous site/market that was on the dark web called The Silk Road created by the libertarian Ross Ulbricht. Uses Cryptocurrency(so far only Bitcoin has been implemented). Open source peer-to-peer network/protocol that strives for a decentralized online marketplace. Project is moving very very slowly though.
- Update: Unfortunately, the company that helped build OpenBazaar, OB1Company, has decommissioned things related to OpenBazaar. Here is the announcement they made on Twitter. Here is a video of the head developer talking about it on YouTube. Since it is still decentralized software, OpenBazaar is still up and running. It just isn't maintained and being developed. Many of its key infrastructure that OB1 controlled has also been taken offline.
- Nuclear: Desktop-only, multi-platform Spotify-like application. Similar to mps-youtube except it is more focused on music and uses a GUI. Streams free music from sources like YouTube Music (with Invidious APIs), Bandcamp, Soundcloud, BandCamp and Audius. Completely free software(as in speech not just beer). Not targeted for people that hate Electron.js framework. Here is the developer's personal opinions on the framework.
- Funkwhale: Community-driven project that aims to make open source platform which lets you listen and share music and audio within a decentralized, open network. Anyone can host a pod that is open to the public.
Other: Consider self-hosting your own music server using software like mStream or Jellyfin. For more information, check out the music section on the Media Streaming page.
Podcatchers (or Podcast Clients):
- Podverse: Free and Open Source podcast client for iPhone, Android (available on Play Store and F-Droid) and Web. Uses the free speech podcast directory PodcastIndex. Has pretty much every podcast that is free and not exclusive to a certain platform out. Has a request form for missing podcasts. Can also manually add a podcast if it supports RSS.
- AntennaPod: Android-only free and open source podcast client. Uses gPodder.net directory and supports some features of PodcastIndex.
- gPodder: Open source, multi-platform desktop podcast client.
- Snopyta: Based in Finland. Hosts a bunch of open source projects. Only need one login and password to get into each service. Some even have hidden service mirrors on TOR (Tip: If you make an account on TOR, NEVER access it on the clearnet. What happens in TOR, stays in TOR.)
- NixNet: Based in Germany. Hosts many of the same services as the above. Another similarity being that it also has mirrors on the dark web.
- Librem One
- BEST OPTION: Setting up a Home Server with Nextcloud (Refer to this page)
Instead of the Google Play Store, use Aurora or APKMirror.
As for Phone Apps:
Use a Privatebin instance.
Self-host your own instance.
You can also use the Techxodus Instance.
¶ Domain Hosting
¶ Domain Registrar
Never use garbage like Godaddy, Bluehost or Google Domains. They are all pro-censorship and anti-freedom.
Consider Epik as your Domain Registrar. They fight strongly free speech and provide excellent service:
- Epik: Attacked constantly but they have firmly held their ground. Will never take down your website no matter your ideology.
Other Domains include … :
- Orange Website: A pro-free speech domain registrar. Not only are they anti-censorship but they are based in Iceland which arguably has the best pro-privacy jurisdictions in the western world. They are anti-NSA and don't sell data. 100% Green energy too if that's your thing. Accepts Bitcoin and cash by mail.
- Njalla: Another pro-free speech and pro-privacy registrar based in Nevis with some servers in Sweden. Started by one of the founders of Pirate Bay. Accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, DASH, Monero, and Zcash. Paypal is also available as well.
- Bahnhof: Pro-free speech and pro-privacy registrar based in Sweden.
All of the Registrar's listed above provide hosting.
And read this Guide on how to host a website securely and correctly:
There is a reason why you were taught not to use Wikipedia articles as a source. Even the corrupt co-founder and current head of Wikipedia has argued in the past not to use it for your papers. Your professor or teacher probably said something along the lines of it being easy to edit and bad sources. Another reason not to use it is because over the years it has become badly biased on certain topics. The sad truth about Wikipedia is that what was once an open internet encyclopedia is now essentially the Neo-liberal establishment encyclopedia. Journalist Helen Buyniski (an actual journalist like Glenn Greenwald, not a paid shill) has covered this in articles and videos. [Article #1] [Article #2] [Article #3] [Video #1] Jimmy Wales was once an Ayn Rand-loving, libertarian-leaning moderate but he essentially sold out and left those views in the past in favor of pushing neoliberalism. The based forgotten co-founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, has called out Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia for being biased. [Link to a post on his blog about this topic ] An anti-establishment, anti-neoliberal, liberal leaning group of actual journalist that covers world politics has articles of how crooked Wikipedia is. One of which shows how Wikipedia was weaponized and used to smear them. [Article #1] [Article #2]
- Infogalactic: Derives the overwhelming majority of pages from Wikipedia. Organization writes original articles and rewrites the biased Wikipedia pages. Edits may vary from slight changes to major overhauls.
- Everipedia: Created by Larry Sanger, one of the co-creators of Wikipedia, in 2014 when blockchain was getting more and more recognition on the internet. Sanger has left the project in favor of another project. Similar to Wikipedia except it is hosted on the blockchain among other things. They have been pressured into going into the same direction as Wikipedia. They have bent the knee on certain areas but not completely. For the most part they are still much more objective than Wikipedia.
- Citizendium: Also created by Larry Sanger back in 2007. Completely original, objective articles. Doesn't have a lot of traction but still manages to have a decent catalog. Always accepting new contributers.
- EncyclopediaDramatica: Basically, this is what it would look like if 4chan made and maintained an online encyclopedia. Its truthpills mixed with content meant to try to trigger anyone.