I have an idea of how to turn the tables on Google and Apple. Right now, they lock you out of the parts of your own phone where they don’t want you making changes, and snoop and advertise with impunity.
With the L5, this community could create an environment in the L5 with a small chroot that would be structured to appear to be Apple or Android when Apple and Google come snooping and advertising. In that area, everything including the OS version, model of phone, advertising id, and anything else could be spoofed. Then, data could be collected by the L5 owners (just a program left running in the background), about Apple and Android’s snooping and advertising practices. With thousands of L5 owners, the net could be cast widely to monitor what Apple and Google are doing collectively, and to upload their information to a central server. Advertising and snooping algorithms and associated activities globally could be examined by the open source community and made available to the public. Different advertising IDs could be spoofed randomly on a daily basis. The idea would be to monitor, expose, and render useless, any snooping and/or advertising that Google and Apple put out. As far as Google and Apple would see, the little fake Android or Apple OS that either company comes upon when they hit your L5 would be a domain that they think they own and control but it’s all just a spoof on them and not really you. The information gathered about them could also be used to render advertising and snooping on other (non L5 phones) useless. Meanwhile on your L5, you never even see them and they don’t see the real you. Your weekly L5 softwarw pushouts could screw with them in different ways over time as more is learned and new questions come up about their activities.
A project like this could start out very small, maybe just one guy writing code for only one specific purpose. It could grow over time as privacy becomes a bigger concern and as society wants to know more about exactly what these companies are doing.