Google. Credit: Pexels
Google. Credit: Pexels

Uncle Google knows a lot, but he wants even more in exchange

The computer, tablet and phone are not just about playing games and chatting with friends. When you are not with your teacher or parents, you can quickly find an answer to many learning problems using a browser.

Based on this, they [the browsers] then decide which news to show you.

»So slowly we receive only contents that others think we like, and fewer news sources that present something different,« says Information Commissioner Mojca Prelesnik.

Online giants thus have a big impact on how we see the world, which information we have access to, and what we don’t get.

But there are also browsers, e-mail providers and social networks that do not do this.

Why do not we use them? One reason is because we do not know them. Another is that they may be less easy to use. And the third because our friends are all on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.

Those for whom Internet security and anonymity are important are thus increasingly advised to forget about such comforts and consider other options. Uncle Google is not the only one who can help us find answers.

The Duckduckgo.com browser does not store our information, it has no ads, and does not monitor where we are.

Correspondence with friends will remain hidden with Tutanota.com email provider, because our messages will be encrypted.

If you want to discuss cultural topics on social networks to discuss topics that are of interest to you or excite you, try Kialo.com.



Information Commisioner helps you when you think somebody used your personal information without you permission.


Points to Consider

  1. Why do we need to be careful when searching information online?
  2. Can you trust everything you find on the internet?
  3. Do you know how to spot fake news?


English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.



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