1. Index
  2. What is GAFAM?
  3. Why not use them?
  4. How to quit?
  5. Why Free Software?
  6. Know the alternatives

What is GAFAM?

Originally known as the Big Four (or the Big Four Tech Companies). In the last year they added a new one. The GAFAM companies are the five most valuable public corporations in the world as measured by market capitalisation. They can be considered an oligopoly that takes control of the internet. They are:

Read more about them on Wikipedia

Why not use them?

Most of the business of those companies are based on the systematic espionage of their users and selling their data to the biggest bidder. The correlation between alleged anticompetitive behavior and questionable online privacy practices is also far from clear. And not only that, they also are known for avoiding taxes all around the world.

How to quit?

Worry not, because you can take back the control of your data. All the services offered by those companies have alternatives, and most of them are Free Software.

Why Free Software?

The Free Software is a social movement with the goal of obtaining and guaranteeing certain freedoms for software users, namely the freedom to run the software, to study and change the software, and to redistribute copies with or without changes.

The philosophy of the movement is that the use of computers should not lead to people being prevented from cooperating with each other. In practice, this means rejecting "proprietary software", which imposes such restrictions, and promoting free software,[4] with the ultimate goal of liberating everyone in cyberspace.

Know the alternatives

Other privative software from out of GAFAM.

If you lack the technical knowledge to install those services yourself, there are companies and organizations out there than offer them like a service, like Maadix or Disroot.

If you are looking for an alternative to a piece of software not mentioned here, maybe you can find it in AlternativeTo. Be careful as the alternatives can be of any type.

If you want to fix an error on this page, or contribute another alternative, you can do it on GitLab.

If you want to contact me, you can do it here: info@quitgafam.com