The internet has become our modern-day Library of Alexandria, a repository of all human knowledge. It has also replaced the town square where we can meet to exchange news and ideas. However, one of the striking things about 2020 is watching information, debate and discussion being so obviously shut down by Big Tech. This has been happening for a number of years of course but only now is it so blatant, even to members of the ordinary public.
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An independent archive
One of our early goals at Evidence Not Fear was to create an independent archive of credible and easily shareable information about COVID-19. If you like, it is our own little corner of this decentralised library of human knowledge. Whenever we share information on social media platforms, we nearly always post the referenced link our site. This allows us some level of control over third-party content which can be removed or altered.
Unfortunately, the town-square aspect of the internet is also at serious risk. People are no longer able to share information freely as experts speaking out against groupthink are de-platformed. The big social media and news platforms are throwing inconvenient information into the nearest memory hole.
It is time that we start supporting other platforms while we still can. Censorship isn’t the only reason. Having a good ecosystem of alternatives helps foster innovation and gives people a choice. Here are some alternatives to the mainstream Big Tech services. Where relevant, we have linked directly to our accounts with those platforms.
|Brand New Tube||Video||YouTube|
|Discord||Chat (text and voice)||Skype, Microsoft Teams|
|Minds||Microblog, Video||Twitter, YouTube|
|Steemit||Microblog, online communities||Twitter, Reddit|
|Tox||Chat (text and voice)||Skype, Microsoft Teams|
Saving the Library of Alexandria
If you would like to delve deeper in to Big Tech censorship, James Corbett of the Corbet Report offers his mini-documentary: The Library of Alexandria is on Fire.
We all know the story of the Library of Alexandria, the vast repository of ancient texts that was burnt to the ground by Caesar in 48 B.C. While the story itself isn’t accurate, it speaks to us today as we face the digital book burnings that are threatening the modern-day Library of Alexandria: the internet.James Corbett, The Corbett Report, Episode 383, 18 September 2020