Technology with attitude

Don’t be evil.


I am now using a Droid phone.

My whole life is on this device. My “real” email accounts and my “fake” ones – they’re all Gmail accounts and linked on the Gmail app. My phone numbers, credit card information and my real name. Facebook , blogs and tweets. It’s all conveniently tied together and linked to me (within a meter of my actual global position).

Google now has more on me than the United States Government. Comforting in that they’ll probably offer a better franchise, but can I trust them?

Certainly someone at Google has the ability to listen to and record everything I say or write on that phone. Have you used Google’s voice services? It’s no longer necessary to type text messages on a keyboard. Simply push a button and talk – the phone translates words into text and very rarely gets one wrong. This software can easily be programmed to listen all day long and perk up when it hears keywords – like “bomb”, “Jihad” or “Spaghetti Monster”.

I figure there are unlimited dystopian scenarios that arise from such an entanglement with Google. Go ahead and list a few. I have several. Naturally, there are also unlimited Utopian scenarios. List a few, I dare you.

The only way this ends well for me is to accept personal responsibility for my privacy and disentangle my life from Google.

This means I have to learn how to build my own server, host my own email, root my phone and install Linux on my computer. It’s possible, but it’s way harder.

I’ll let you know how it goes.