Why I'm Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft
I'm putting more trust in communities than corporations

Gillmor, Dan
Date Written:  2015-02-25
Publisher:  Backchannel
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17330

Gillmor discusses how we are losing control over the technology tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation.



I’ve moved to these alternative platforms because I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it's essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use.

Those values start with a basic notion: We are losing control over the tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation -- and this has to stop.

Control is moving back to the center, where powerful companies and governments are creating choke points. They are using those choke points to destroy our privacy, limit our freedom of expression, and lock down culture and commerce.


The tools I use now are, to the extent possible, based on community values, not corporate ones.

I’m not acting on some paranoid fantasies here. I’m emulating, in the tech sphere, some of the principles that have led so many people to adopt “slow food” or vegetarian lifestyles, or to minimize their carbon footprint, or to do business only with socially responsible companies.

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