Mar 13, 2021
2 mins read
There has been an uptick in Pinephone users having trouble activating phones over certain carriers (not all carriers are part of this- research yours before committing – and if you can, make the commitment to only commit to open carriers). If you have experienced this, reply with your experience- I would love to hear what you are using to report into future postings/videos).
What makes this story even more suspicious is the recent trend of de-g0ogled phones no longer being on the “whitelist” (as of recent). They run the same exact hardware. Even run the same exact operating system (Android).
What does all this mean?
What reason would there be for de-googled phones to not be on a “whitelist?” Especially given they are running the same exact hardware, even operating system (Android).
This leads one to believe there is nothing short of blacklisting going on against phones not part of the big centralization club.
DECENTRALIZATION vs CENTRALIZATION
Never before has there been a time where the trends toward more centralization builds ever so steeply.
From operating systems, to social media, to cloud everything (thin client future?), to online shopping, to hardware. Everything we use and rely on, is becoming part of a club. And there is not much democratic about it (except voting with your wallet).
It has never been more important to decentralize your technological life.
We can fix the Pinephone/De-googled phones issue in many cases by activating the sim card in another phone. Then take that activated SIM card out and place it into your Pinephone/Lineage/other (“non whitelisted”) phone.
We can also stop calling this problem whitelisting and call it what it 99% likely is: Blacklisting. Carriers/Phone makers work closely together, and there is a keen awareness of current trends. There is little doubt recent changes may have been motivated by the growing trend of users looking to take more control over their cellular life/privacy (ie: degoogled + Linux phones: Pinephone/Librem5). This goes directly against both some carriers and phone maker business models.
In 2017 USA law signed allowing ISP’s to sell customer data “without explicit consent”: https://www.bitchute.com/video/fDoRWpAjP3ST/
We can change the way we use social media (and influence others to do the same) by opting to spend more time on decentralized social media platforms such as Mastadon, and less time on more restrictive, centralized models like Facebook. These centralized platforms do not respect our universal human right to privacy (as declared in United Nations Universal Declaration Of Human Rights), free speech (in many cases), and monetize the ability to manipulate the ways in which we think.
We should be aware of trends and where they might take us, acting accordingly.
These are small steps, but can become big ones when we all take them.
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