Google’s Grim View

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The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, [Google founder Sergey Brin] 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.

 

Web Freedom Faces Greatest Threat Ever, Warns Google’s Sergey Brin (Guardian)

‘Miranda Wrights’ responds:

Hey Broadsheet, come on, some balance with Google stuff. Raise the tech bar. This isn’t the Irish Times or the Sunday Business Post tech coverage PR recycling drivel. Let’s see some balance beyond the happy clappy PR sucked up by the Google Adwords invoice processors in Ringsend. These guys want to disrupt everything except themselves. Try this from today’s FT (behind paywall):

“Google pioneered the technology industry dismal trend of stripping shareholders of voting rights with its initial public offering in 2004. Now the “don’t be evil” company has added a depressing twist with its plan to add a class of non-voting shares to prevent its founders from being held accountable.

Silicon Valley companies like to boast how they change the world for the better by challenging incumbents in various industries. When it comes to being challenged themselves on how they run their businesses, however, they prefer to be entrenched.

Google set up a special committee of board members which took 15 months to agree the proposal, having “retained its own financial and legal advisers”. Unsurprisingly, at the end of this rigorous process, the independent directors did what the founders wanted.”