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Goodbye Big Five published by Gizmodo

For 6 weeks, Reporter Kashmir Hill blocked the tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple one by one with the help of a custom VPN built by Eyebeam Alum, Dhruv Mehrotra. Read about her experience in the Gizmodo series, supported by the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.

Life Without the Tech Giants

An overview of the ubiquitous control of the big 5 tech giants. 


I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible

Hill faces serious hurdles completely block Amazon, as the company’s presence is disturbingly omnipresent.


I Cut Facebook Out of My Life. Surprisingly, I Missed It

Hill blocks Facebook and the companies it owns: Instagram, WhatsApp, Onavo, Oculus Rift, and Messenger.


I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything

This week reveals how Google creeps into our lives in invisible and unpredictable ways.


I Cut Microsoft Out of My Life—or So I Thought

This episode reveals interesting revelations as Microsoft was subject to a government antitrust crackdown in the 90s.


I Cut Apple Out of My Life. It Was Devastating

Hill reluctantly exits the “Apple ecosystem.”


I Cut the ‘Big Five’ Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell

A true nightmare.


Want to Really Block the Tech Giants? Here’s How

Dhruv explains the process of building a VPN to block the big tech bros.





Press for ECFJ


Why We Can’t Break Up With Big Tech via NPR

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Eyebeam Center Invites Artists to Delve Into Journalism via The New York Times

Eyebeam Launches Arts Grant Program for Journalistic Projects via Artforum

Week in Review: Vatican Vows to Find Missing Caravaggio, and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Bestows Historic Gift via Hyperallergic

The Founder of Craigslist Is Funding a Program That Pays Artists to Pursue Journalism via artnet news

NY nonprofit offers grants to artists producing journalism via AP News

Eyebeam Center Invites Artists to Delve Into Journalism via ByLife Today