Yes, you are right. Free and open source does not mean that a technology is necessarily benevolent. It's a business classification.
I'm not sure if we need a totally new internet. That would be ideal. But really, it's about learning the deployment and sysadmin skills necessary to run a forum/blog/website. If I learn these, I will be less at the mercy of corporate censorship. I don't think we should trust any country, especially Russia and China, who are being set up as the good cop vs the western elites bad cop.
I need to drastically reduce my net time right now. This thread has been most enlightening though. I may come back in harvest season and learn more. Thanks for your time Aragorn and everyone.