Black Men Listen XV
We often talk about taking control of our narrative; that whole narrative discussion and exchange of ideas is usually a cultural diatribe aimed at mainstream media. So — what about taking control of our communications online? Many of us know that despite the convenience of email, it is merely a communication platform for government and corporations to snoop on the customers that use it.
We need to give some critical thought to owning our communications by creating the companies and managing the services that process the data. Otherwise, we will forever be at the mercy of ESPs and ISPs that continue to snoop on our valued communications, share our private and confidential information with government entities and industry buddies, demean and diminish us and our ideas, and/or use our data for their particular competitive advantages.
A 2019 article posted on CurrentWare’s website, an IT company that provides monitoring solutions for the internet and software programs, cited that Gmail had “become the global leader in email services,” having members of about 1.8 billion today. Now, imagine the kind of insight Google and its industry colleagues have on the companies and individuals that uses its Gmail service, just by owning the platform that manages communications for more than a billion users.
If we can’t take control of our communications, then we don’t have control over our destinies; they do.
Something else may interest you: “Who’s Snooping on Your Email?“