pixelrave loves free digital tools!
We live in a world where the accumulation is ruling and the internet alongside with the software that we use to access it and produce contents is one of the forefront of exploitative profits mimetically hidden as free services for the users.
There are very few things free out there, and pixelrave want to suggest you a list of tools that make your life in the internet chill, you may find solution that will improve your digital experience, respectful of your privacy and without making any form of profit through the time that you use them.
We did our best to use only free software and tools, but we did not entirely accomplished, scarcity of time forced us some compromise in order to promote accessibility and inclusiveness over digital ethics. We choose to prioritise a healthy and accessible experience to every artist involved especially in a world even more separated into single clusters by the pandemic and its lockdowns.
One of the reasons why we are mostly against proprietary software is because folks are addressed as consumer instead then users, we cannot freely use it, cannot redistribute it helping people around us. It is difficult to choose to avoid proprietary software because the companies that produce and distribute them detain aggressive monopoles, on top of everything our actions end up being spied and analysed to extract profits.
What would we think if the screwdriver we have always used one day changed shape from a star-shaped to a flat one? Or perhaps become a hammer? We didn't choose it, someone else who owns it, who has produced it or who simply can do it has decided for us. In this perspective our digital world could became even more ableist than our real one, whenever is shaped by the profit of the minority. To support the rising majority consider using software belonging and being controlled by everyone.
This index is INCOMPLETE and ALWAYS IN PROGRESS by nature. New great tools born every day, and trusted one change among time, so a patient re-evaluation process need to be done. Please feel welcome to contribute contacting us, for any recommendation or critics you may have.
Fight digital capitalism, we have alternatives to mainstream data extractive platforms!
|1||Mozilla Firefox||Web Browser||mozilla.org|
|Firefox is one of the best choice around if you are looking for a browser not built to track everything you do online. Sorrounded by a great community, full of very interesting plugin, open source, completely free. And doesn't make money selling your data to third parts.|
|2||Jitsi Meet||Videocall Service||meet.jit.si|
|Jitsi meet is a completely free and open source videochat. You don't need an account, you don't need to register, you don't need to install a software. Just set the name of the video call, a link is generated from which you access the video call and just send it to others. Super easy, super fast.|
|VLC media player, VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.VLC reads every video or audio file you can find around.|
|Free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming.|
|Free, open source, cross-platform audio software. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder.|
|Calibre is the one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It converts ebook formats, ignores proprietary files and makes life easy for those who want to read.|
|Krita is a professional free and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.|
|8||Blender||3D Creation Suite||blender.org|
|Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.|
|9||Archive||The Internet Archive||archive.org|
|The internet archive. It's a gigantic site with practically any resource in it. Movies, books, music, videogames, different versions of many sites to see how they have changed over time. Archive is the ultimate 2.0 collective memory project. And it's completely free.|
|10||Switching Software||Software Index||switching.software|
|Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives to well-known software.|
|11||Defend Our Movements||https://defendourmovements.org/|
|An online, collaborative source of questions / answers, resources, links and other information about protecting your data—brought to you by the MediaJustice, May First Movement Technology, and diverse movement technologists and activists.|
|You are being watched. Private and state-sponsored organizations are monitoring and recording your online activities. PrivacyTools provides services, tools and knowledge to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.|
|Free-software services from the CHATONS collective, to decentralize and discover a web on a human scale, united and respectful of your privacy.|
|Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.|
|15||Sharing Is Caring (Only DE)||https://wiki.mur.at/SharingIsCaring|
|They are collecting useful information that will help us survive in the current exceptional situation, make everyday life more beautiful, and save the world: physical distancing, but social solidarity. They would like to focus on alternative collaborative digital practices and infrastructures, in order to counter the tech industry's focus on data collection and profit maximization with solidarity-based collaborative solutions.|
|A/I (Autistici/Inventati, pronounced [au’tistiʧi]-[iŋ’vɛntati], or [iŋvɛn’tati]) was born in 2001 from an encounter of individuals and collectives of the autonomous anticapitalist movement interested in technology and active in the digital rights struggle. We believe that this world is far from being the best world possible. We react by providing a platform and tools for digital self-defense addressing the need of secure, free communication and privacy for activists and other individuals.|
|Welcome to the Alternative App Centre: A collection of open-source tools, apps and services recommended by Tactical Technology Collective for better privacy and control, plus a selection of guides, tutorials, and videos to help you better understand and manage your digital traces.|
|18||EtherPad - Collaborative Writing||https://pad.riseup.net/|
|Etherpad is a software libre web application that allows for real-time group collaboration of text documents. This pad is hosted on Riseup but there are plenty of services like this. Riseup does not store IP addresses, we require https, and pads are automatically destroyed after 60 days of inactivity.|
|Web Browser - Protect yourself against tracking, surveillance, and censorship.|
|Godot provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel. Godot is completely free and open-source under the very permissive MIT license. No strings attached, no royalties, nothing. Your game is yours, down to the last line of engine code.|
|21||Cyber Feminism Index||https://cyberfeminismindex.com/|
|Cyberfeminism Index is INCOMPLETE and ALWAYS IN PROGRESS. Cyberfeminism cannot be reduced to women and technology. Nor is it about the diffusion of feminism through technology. Combining cyber and feminism was meant as an oxymoron or provocation, a critique of the cyberbabes and fembots that stocked the sci-fi landscapes of the 1980s. The term is self-reflexive: technology is not only the subject of cyberfeminism, but its means of transmission. It’s all about feedback.|
|CryptPad provides a full-fledged office suite with all the tools necessary for productive collaboration. Applications include: Rich Text, Spreadsheets, Code/Markdown, Kanban, Slides, Whiteboard and Polls. The applications are complemented by a set of collaboration features such as chat, contacts, color by author (code/markdown), and comments with mentions (rich text).|