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This extension shows you what the internet looks like when we try to do without all the services of big technology

The role of a small handful of big tech companies (especially Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft) on the day-to-day operation of the Internet is increasingly notable and, therefore, more controversial.

For, the American collective Economic Security Project has decided to make this situation of dependence on online services and infrastructures of Big Tech developing a very special browser extension.

An extension to simulate a very different WWW

Its name is Big Tech Detective and it is available for both Mozilla Firefox and Chromium-based browsers, although we will not be able to install it from their respective app stores, so we must download it from its own website and follow the instructions there.

But what is your goal? Well, nothing less than that of block any website that accesses the IP addresses owned by the four companies technological technologies mentioned above.

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Default, Big Tech Detective it only keeps track of how many requests are sent and to which companies. But the user can choose to change the configuration of the extension so that it also blocks the loading of said websites.

At the moment of truth, if we want to navigate calmly through the current network of networks, resorting to this last configuration can be counterproductive: even if we actively try to avoid them, we will find that most web pages turn to Big Tech for something.

That does not necessarily mean that we are falling victim to the many tracking systems of our web activity that exist (such as Google Analytics), but it is also the result of many websites being hosted on platforms like Azure or AWS, or that they make use of the Google Fonts fonts.

In reality, the extension that concerns us does not preserve our privacy: it only blocks access to the affected websites once loaded, with the sole purpose of report the problem making it visible.

Thus, among the websites potentially blockable by Big Tech Detective we can find not only the main media, or platforms such as Netflix, but also - surprisingly - the main alternatives to Google, such as DuckDuckGo, Ecosia or Startpage.

BigTech Detective on DuckDuckGo

Via | The Verge