Alternative Services for google services
What do we want to promote here? other centralized/proprietary services and tools to just replace the ones of Google?
Or document only the pieces of common infrastructure comprised of Free/libre softwareeeeeee, decentralized and distributed services and end-to-end encryption? (for instance self-hosting of data and services as more than an "alternative" but also a different way to think of the politics, therefore the infrastructure of data&communications..?)
(Maybe using the "discussion" tab or other channel for that purpose?)
Existing resources and guides
https://searx.de (meta-search engine, free/libre software. just one instance of many: https://searx.disroot.org etc. full list of instances on https://github.com/asciimoo/searx/wiki/Searx-instances)
https://www.duckduckgo.com (centralized, US company)
The search engine from google collects personal data and connects this data with other data generated from other google services (aggregation of data in profiles). Permanent analysis of personal+behavioural data enables google to serve "personnalized" results, more likely to contain advertisement one may click.
This "filter bubble" not only exploits our tastes, experiences, behaviours, biases and turn them into revenue, it also blocks everyone from having some "neutral" (or common) vision of what exists over the internet, therefore reinforcing biases and polarizations.
This opaque capacity to influence what people may or may not see (besides the anti-competitive behaviour it represents when the same company owns the advertisement market) is overall an immense political power we cannot tolerate nor let unaccounted for, in the hands of these law-less creeps.
Docs and Sheets
Etherpad? For collaborative text editing
Using google's sheets and docs for your organizing is literally storing all your data with them complete with edit history of all collaborators.