No – not that sort of alternative technology. I mean alternatives to the various ICT platforms and social media outlets that we have all come to know and hate. It is very likely that some of the well-known platforms will stop serving Christian content; we are already aware of a number of topics that get censored by well-known social media outlets. So this article will help explain my reasons for choosing some non-traditional sources.
This website, for example, is built with open source technologies. The content management system that I used to build the site is ClassicPress, which is built using PHP (an open source web scripting language) and MariaDB, an open source alternative to the MySQL database server. The theme and some of the plugins used for the site were built by me, and I have control over them, delivering new versions from GitHub – and open source community code-sharing site. Then the whole site has to be served from an Internet Server. I pay for this service, and it is always possible that the company may turn against Christian content. But I keep a backup of the site on my own storage, so I could move the site to a new Internet Server if necessary.
One of the biggest problem areas for Christians today has to be social media. The big players here are Facebook (which also owns Instagram and Whatsapp), Twitter, and Google (which owns YouTube). Social Media is very important these days, so I have put together an entire page about it. Click on the header above, or click here.
The most important web tool is the browser that you use. On that browser, you are presumably going to use a search engine. Finally, some people, myself included, still find it useful to have an email client.
The most popular browser is Chrome, which is owned by Google, and tracks what sites you visit. So does Edge, owned by Microsoft. And Firefox seems to have got in on that act recently.
So I use Brave, which is built on the same open source core as Chrome, and therefore will show up on browser-sniffers as Chrome, even though it isn’t. Brave shares no information with anyone.
I remember when Google first started, and I thought it was great; much better than Yahoo and Excite, which were the two main players at the time. But as Google has become a massive company, snooping on everything I do, I have fallen out of love with it.
DuckDuckGo is also now censoring content, so I no longer recommend it.
I haven’t yet determined a replacement for DuckDuckGo, but I am actively looking at these two:
This one was mentioned on the Tom Woods Show, but Woods admitted he did not yet know enough about it to recommend it.
The main issue with DuckDuckGo was that it has started censoring what it calls “Russian Propaganda”. I am certain there is Russian Propaganda out there, as there is Chinese, European, British, and American propaganda. But I want to filter these things myself. I don’t want biased reporting eliminated, when there is plenty of homegrown left-wing bias on the web. In view of that, I am going to start looking at Yandex, which is itself based in Russia. This does not mean that I have become a supporter of Putin, whose actions are criminal. But I am a supporter of Russian people…
On my (Android) phone, and on my Windows desktop, I use BlueMail, which I have discovered does not interfere with my settings, whereas Gmail takes over all my settings for me. I also use the desktop Bluemail client.
You are probably more secure if you use a webmail system, especially of you use an encrypted email system, such as Protonmail.
If you have questions or suggestions, please add them in the comments below.
When I get around to it, I shall start reporting on what I use for operating systems, office applications, and other productivity apps.