02.06.21

Turn to RSS Feeds (and Local/Native RSS Readers) to Regain Control of the World Wide Web

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 7:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: QuiteRSS (or any other RSS/XML/Atom reader for that matter) helps liberate cyberspace, removing middlemen from one’s consumption of information on the Internet; the World Wide Web is otherwise a lost cause, monopolised by companies that censor, spy on, and manipulate people

THE Web is rapidly becoming an aggressive censorship platform. The censors always allege that they’re protecting us (from violence, from misinformation and who knows what else/next) and the censors are very rich people or corporations controlled by those very rich people.

“Let’s bring back the Web to where it was more than 15 years ago (prior to ‘surveillance capitalism’ and companies such as Facebook and Twitter).”One solution to all this is decentralised Internet; but that’s a step too far for many if not most people. So a compromise might be to decentralise the subscription points, not entrusting or outsourcing them to companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

In this video I describe very quickly my (currently) favourite RSS reader. As an early adopter of RSS (also my initials), I’ve tried a lot such software over the years and currently QuiteRSS seems to be the best of the bunch. It’s also Free/libre software, GPLv3-licensed.

QuiteRSS

QuiteRSS is pre-build for major GNU/Linux distributions. It’s available in repositories. Give it a go and use RSS feeds instead of any of those ‘social’ (control) ‘media’ platforms. Let’s bring back the Web to where it was more than 15 years ago (prior to ‘surveillance capitalism’ and companies such as Facebook and Twitter).

QuiteRSS was first released 9 years ago (relatively new) and it’s available for GNU/Linux, MacOS, Windows, FreeBSD, and OS/2.

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