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.”

5 thoughts on “Google’s Grim View

  1. Jockstrap

    Any company that gets big, inevitably becomes controlled by one tracked minded MBAs hired by an investor and told to make as much money as possible at all costs.

    So what starts all cute and cuddly ends up being paranoid and self serving.

    1. Nobody

      Ah…and that is exactly why the voting right was abolished, hum? Who excerts these votes…the consumer? The idealists? Nope…it is the big shots from wall Street. And what do you think is their agenda? World Peace, Doing the right thing? Well., if anyone wants to interpret this as a sign of money making – so be it – but I personally think Google has made a lot decisions that left money on the table and the consumer in a better place. Unless other companies – with voting rights.

  2. read twice

    Google’s share-issue policy is their business and the business of anybody who chooses to buy Google shares. Vote-less shares aren’t an instrument of evil – all they mean, for any company or entrepreneur, is “invest in me and I’ll make profit for you, but don’t tell me how to run my business”.
    I’m not saying Google isn’t an “evil” company. But, if Miranda wishes to criticise them, she look elsewhere, such as their collaboration in the Great Firewall of China.

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