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Alt-Tech

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Internet freedom. New thinking. A manifesto calling for the launch of an alternative tech industry, re-dedicated to free speech and innovation.

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Alt-Tech

  1. 1. THE ALT-TECH INTERNET FREEDOM. NEW THINKING.
  2. 2. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE TECH INDUSTRY?
  3. 3. ALT-TECH POLITICIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES ▸ Big Tech has politicized the provision of its services, denying them to right-wing and other “undesirable” users & companies. ▸ Big Tech is denying DNS Services, DDOS protection, and billing services to right-wing grassroots sites in advance of the 2018 election cycle. ▸ Big Tech is attempting to stifle internet speech in order to influence the composition of Congress and thwart the Trump agenda.
  4. 4. ALT-TECH OPPRESSION OF NON-LEFTIST VOICES ▸ Big Tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Discord have denied their platforms to those with right-wing politics and the crackdowns and suspensions are only accelerating. What began with the Far Right will impact the Trump Right, and already is. ▸ Big Tech companies like Twitter used to proudly declare they were “free speech utilities” are actively censoring users in the name of preventing “hate speech”. ▸ Big Tech stifles any pushback to their diversity agenda. James Damore was fired by Google for his simple attempt at rational debate which was labeled an “anti-diversity screed” by tech media and activist Social Justice Warriors.
  5. 5. THE CRACKDOWNS AND SUSPENSIONS ARE ONLY ACCELERATING
  6. 6. ALT-TECH CENTRALIZATION CREATES AN ECHO CHAMBER ▸ The geographic centralization of Big Tech in the deeply Marxist San Francisco Bay Area has created an Echo Chamber where only fashionable left-wing opinions can be openly voiced. ▸ The industry that invented remote collaboration tools is obsessed with control. Big Tech centralizes employees and fosters cult-like atmospheres of social control.
  7. 7. WHY IS THE ALT-TECH BETTER & DIFFERENT?
  8. 8. ALT-TECH THE ALT-TECH IS A BETTER TECH ▸ Alt-Tech is Anti-Marxist, Pro-Freedom, and Pro-America. ▸ Alt-Tech is strongly against foreign outsourcing of technology jobs and strongly for employing skilled Americans at sustainable wages. ▸ Alt-Tech is inclusionary. Alt-Tech by nature anti-left and anti-Marxist but its platforms are open to all customers regardless of politics. Alt-Tech is built on the concepts of accountability, responsibility, and privacy. ▸ Alt-Tech is not reliant on advertising-based financial models. The user is not our product. The user is our customer.
  9. 9. ALT-TECH RESTORATION AS REVOLUTION ▸ Alt-Tech promises to restore and revive the old libertarian ethos of technology as a leveler and a tool for increasing liberty. ▸ Alt-Tech will return the tech industry to the meritocracy of code. Your identity is not important, what you can build is important. ▸ Alt-Tech cares about skills, not skin color, gender, or fancy degrees. “Shut up and code” is our motto. ▸ Alt-Tech is against feels and for shipping product. Making great products trumps meeting diversity quotas.
  10. 10. A DECENTRALIZED VIRTUAL INDUSTRY THAT WILL LEVERAGE REMOTE COLLABORATION TOOLS
  11. 11. ALT-TECH TECHNOLOGY AND DECENTRALIZATION ▸ The Alt-Tech will be a decentralized virtual industry, using the remote collaboration tools invented by the prior tech industry to foster total decentralization. ▸ Alt-Tech will hire American engineers and developers and encourage them 
 to work remotely from rural and small-town America. Alt-Tech salaries will rejuvenate flyover country and help Make (Middle) America Great Again. 
 A decentralized America-First technology industry can provide excellent engineering jobs beyond cities and into American communities with affordable family formation. ▸ Modern remote collaboration tools allow us to avoid geographically concentrating tech profits to a small corner of the country and forcing tech employees into paying high rents for small rooms in unlivable crime-ridden neighborhoods.
  12. 12. ALT-TECH ENSURES OPEN ACCESS TO CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  13. 13. ALT-TECH DOMAIN NAME REGISTRAR SERVICES ▸ The Alt-Tech needs Domain Services to be provided by an ICANN-Accredited Registrar. ▸ Domain services are a critical component of provisioning any internet service. ▸ GoDaddy, Google, and others are selectively denying Domain Name Services to customers based on content. ▸ Best approach is to purchase an already accredited registrar to avoid any ICANN accreditation gamesmanship.
  14. 14. ALT-TECH DDOS PREVENTION SERVICES ▸ DDOS prevention has become another critical component of any edgy or political internet offering. Without DDOS protection any controversial offering quickly finds itself swamped by malicious bad actors. ▸ Top DDOS vendor Cloudflare has been long-committed to the cause of internet free speech, but recently banned The Daily Stormer because the leftist CEO “woke up in a bad mood”.
  15. 15. ALT-TECH CREDIT CARD BILLING SERVICES ▸ Resources are power, so the ability to charge and bill credit cards is essential to any movement. Bitcoin promises to democratize this but still lacks the penetration to make it a viable solution on its own. ▸ PayPal and Stripe have denied services to both individual fundraisers and crowdfunding platforms. There are no known viable alternatives that are open to use by right- wing activists or sympathizers.
  16. 16. ALT-TECH WEB HOSTING SERVICES ▸ Web hosting is the final piece of necessary infrastructure. That market is generally healthy and competitive. ▸ Hiding webservers behind inexpensive front-end proxies is easy to do, when the company hosting the proxy is pressured, only the proxy needs to be moved while our main infrastructure is hosted by a company unknown to attackers. ▸ Hosting makes sense as a product for the sake of offering a complete solution but in itself is not necessary to address.
  17. 17. ALT-TECH ALT-TECH INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDER ▸ We propose the funding and construction of an Alt-Tech infrastructure provider. This provider will be dedicated to the cause of Internet Freedom and will offer services to all law- abiding customers regardless of political views. ▸ DNS services, DDOS protection, and Billing services are the key offerings, with hosting also available so the company can provide a full-stack solution to customers. ▸ The Alt-Tech needs a reliable infrastructure provider that will not censor it. Controlling our own infrastructure is critical to the survival of pro-right political thought and humor on the internet.
  18. 18. ALT-TECH ALT-TECH OPEN SOURCE STRATEGY ▸ Our Alt-Tech infrastructure provider should develop a suite of open-source tools for running critical infrastructure, including DNS services, DDOS prevention, hosting, and billing. We should also open source all the necessary customer service & relationship tools we use. ▸ Developing these open source tools serves as insurance in the event of the loss of the infrastructure company to hostile buyouts or SJW entryism. Open source tools will allow these services to be more easily re-provisioned by a new infrastructure company should that become necessary.
  19. 19. ALT-TECH FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS ▸ I am in contact with a banking organization that may be willing to provide banking services to our proposed Alt-Tech ISO. ▸ Purchasing a registrar, building a DDOS capability, and launching an ISO using white-labeled software is estimated to cost approximately $5-10M, depending on the robustness of the DDOS prevention desired. ▸ At the high end of the funding range it may be possible to use this platform to compete with Cloudflare for enterprise API customers, a lucrative market in which the standard Cloudflare offering is weak. This could subsidize provision of the other services.
  20. 20. THE ALT-TECH FUND
  21. 21. ALT-TECH THE GREAT SCHISM IS HAPPENING ▸ Big Tech has chosen to align with the Left, and has chosen to alienate any of their customers who are not sympathetic to openly Leftist politics. ▸ This creates an opportunity to rebuild the internet economy for a non-Leftist audience. The market is demanding non-Marxist alternatives and those markets will grow as the Big Tech censorship does. ▸ The first VCs to fund these alternatives will be the ground- floor profit-makers of the Alt-Tech revolution.
  22. 22. THE ALT-TECH MOMENT IS NOW
  23. 23. ALT-TECH THE ALT-TECH MOMENT IS NOW ▸ Big Tech has alienated its Republican, conservative, and non- Leftist customers and the market desires alternatives. ▸ Simultaneously, Big Tech has alienated its own employees. Those who are not doctrinaire Social Justice Warriors themselves feel silenced and fear the repeated public witch-hunts for heretics. Many Big Tech top engineers will leap at the chance to work for a “normal” company, even accepting less money. ▸ This market opening plus the simultaneous availability of top engineering talent to Alt-Tech companies is a perfect storm of opportunity, if we have the vision and the capital to seize it.
  24. 24. ALT-TECH ALT-TECH PLATFORM OPPORTUNITIES ▸ Video sharing ▸ Crowdfunding ▸ Social Networking ▸ Photo Sharing ▸ Online Dating ▸ Shopping ▸ Podcast Sharing ▸ Videogame Streaming ▸ Custom Products ▸ Search Engines ▸ Encyclopedias ▸ More…
  25. 25. ALT-TECH FUND AND INFRASTRUCTURE SYNERGY ▸ Our Alt-Tech infrastructure company provides the reliable foundation for the rest of the Alt-Tech companies. They cannot exist without it. ▸ Our Alt-Tech Fund fosters the launch of Alt-Tech platform companies, which in turn provide customers to the infrastructure company thus providing it with the critical mass of business needed to ensure its survival and sustainability. ▸ The market, technical talent, and ideas are waiting for leaders to seize them. Capital is the missing ingredient.
  26. 26. ALT-TECH EXISTENTIAL CRISIS AS OPPORTUNITY ▸ If the Alt-Tech infrastructure is not built, freedom on the Internet as we used to know it will no longer exist. Big Tech companies will further crack down on “fringe” politics, the definition of which will quickly expand to encompass even basic mainstream support for President Trump. ▸ This is an attempt to prepare the ground for the 2018 midterms. Grassroots internet right-wingers were reliably behind Donald Trump in 2016 and Big Tech is not going to allow it to happen again.
  27. 27. ALT-TECH IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR DEFENDING INTERNET FREEDOM AND DISRUPTING THE PROGRESSIVE STRANGLEHOLD ON TECH
  28. 28. ALT-TECH CONTACT ▸ Pax Dickinson
 pax@counter.fund
 
 Pax Dickinson is the current chairman and founder of Counter.Fund, a founder of WeSearchr, founder of Glimpse, and former CTO of Business Insider. Pax is a college-dropout autodidact with 25 years of experience in the technology industry in the fields of web, mobile, and security. He was the target of one of the first leftist political purges and has been fighting the Left full-time since 2013.

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