My Year Without Google

An ongoing effort to live without the ubiquitous tools of the search giant shows that it’s possible — and even necessary — to find alternatives to big tech

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I’ve found that people always assume if you are not using Google products, then you must be anti-Google — which is not the case.

Quitting Google is an ongoing process

Can you really be Google-free when people all around you rely on Google apps?

Portability is freedom

There are sacrifices

When I told them that I did not have a Google account, I was told to get one.

There are more alternatives

We need a Google-free, open, and interoperable internet

Global journalist covering politics, environment, human rights & the social impacts of tech for OneZero, Gizmodo, The Nation and more

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