Does Google really uphold web freedom any more? Mixed signals from Google on Internet freedom and privacy ..

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 threats

 In 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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Comments

  1. Aidan says:

    “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?”

    The reason this occurs is that Facebook and Twitter do not allow search engines to trail their information on their site. A facebook page for a business cannot be found through a site due to the restrictions facebook has put on their information. Hence why Google + becomes a force, as these pages are now able to be found through a search query

  2. Yes g+ is being used forcefully for users and it is no longer safe to keep privacy of a user. Google + pages crawled by google easily and can be found in google search results. Social networking sites like twitter, facebook doesn’t allow google to access their information.

  3. The term Internet or Web Freedom seems cool but filled with so many complexities and as Brin said that web freedom is passing through the biggest threat and there are many hands in making internet restricted. But the issue of including G+ signal in Google search is to some extent is not appropriate because if Google gives the priority of Social Networks then it should not ignore Facebook and other social sites……