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Goodbye big five

On a normal day, as measured by the VPN, I tend to send two million data packets out onto the internet and more than half of them (60 percent) go to the tech giants.

Kashmir Hill on gizmodo.com / February 7, 2019

Reporter Kashmir Hill tried to remove Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple from her life for a week one after another. Therefor Hill did not only avoid the obvious services and branded devices built by the tech giants – which wouldn’t be too easy by itself, but additionally ran a custom-built VPN to block her devices from being able to reach any IP address owned by Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and/or Apple, depending on the week.

I wasn’t aware how much of the internet is controlled by the big five nowadays. This is bad:

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