Many people – including me – supported Google because their actions, although commercial, enabled web freedom.
Today that is less clear as two headlines demonstrate.
On one hand – Google is accused of invading privacy by asking people to identify blurred house numbers from pictures .. but also Google says – Web freedom faces its biggest threatsIn an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world”. “I am more worried than I have been in the past,” he said. “It’s scary.” The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry’s attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of “restrictive” walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.
While I believe that Web freedom faces it’s biggest threat – the challenge for Google is – many people do not believe that Google is the upholder of that freedom.
Google is no longer cool and after including G+ results in Google search - many people will go along with this – but will await the results of EU findings since this is definitely a misleading picture for search.
By this I mean -
a) Most real people (non geeks) are on FB and twitter(not G+)
b) Google is the dominant provider for search
c) By including G+ and ignoring FB and Twitter in Google search, search results do not reflect real life
Hence, while Internet freedom is under threat – one would question if Google is the upholder of that freedom?
On one hand you could argue that Google is too big to care for such intellectual support .. but the road to antitrust is paved with many companies who made exactly that mistake!
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