What if Google were evil?

September 27, 2007 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

01-Google.jpgGoogle controls your e-mail, your videos, your calendar, your searches… What if it controlled your life, asks Cory Doctorow? Scary thought! Radar Magazine published this fictional story which sent chills up and down my spine.

I know it’s fiction but in the current new world order, what will it take for it to become all too real? I love technology and Google has opened up a whole new world of possibilities making search so easy, making collaborative work so simple, but with paranoia creeping into most governments and autocratic leaders becoming the norm in the greatest of so-called democracies, I begin to fear that what I do online may not only affect my freedom and my privacy but may get me into a lot of unforeseeable trouble.

As we agitate for the redrafting of the E-Crime Bill 2007, so that the necessary safeguards can be built in, and clarity brought into this legislation to avoid misuse, this article brings home the dangers that could lurk round the corner. Of course Google isn’t really evil so maybe there is nothing to fear after all.

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  • 1. kinkminos  |  September 27, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    the (g)late george orwell displayed an uncanny prescience in his prediction of what the world would look like under the microscope in >1984<. while he was seemingly drawing on commie/fashie sources of his time, i’m not so sure he wasn’t predicting the blessed development of western society. either way, with our growing reliance on search engines, our gifting to snoops of our biometric data, and our desire to live our lives with our backsides glued to a chair in front of a monitor, and hardwired (or bluetoothed) to a silicon chip — i fear we are doomed to become nothing more than units of search-optimisation data in the overall scheme of things.

    i really question whether (deaf, dumb and) blind championing of info technology can only be seen as a good thing. the conventional wisdom amongst today’s illuminati seems to be that ALL technological advancement is GOOD. so, lazy bastard that i am, i say PHOOEY to that.

    “slackers” of the world unite. (or is that “hackers?”)

    as John Lydon (né Rotten) used to sing:

    Submission going down down
    Dragging me down
    Submission
    I can’t tell ya what I found
    Cos it’s a secret…

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  • 2. owaisz  |  September 27, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    But they are

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  • 3. Vic  |  September 28, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I can’t agree with Owais. Unless he means evil in the same sense that Jawwad is evil😉

    Google, being a company registered in the US, has perforce to submit to US laws, and also to pressures that may seem to be extralegal, but have been tacitly or explicitly endorsed by the US judicial process. The only surprise is that this causes surprise.

    Nowadays, novels are full of the bad stuff that supersecret organisations do (and the third ‘Bourne’ film is raking in the moolah), but take a look at this to see what lives some people are forced to lead – this guy is straight out of Gene Hackman in “Enemy of the State”.

    Cory Doctorow’s fears for Google follow the same route. I don’t know how corporate organisations will resolve their differences with ‘national interests’ in the future, but this is a debate that engages many keen minds.

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  • 4. Jawwad Farid  |  October 1, 2007 at 12:01 am

    I resent that..I take being evul very seriously. It is a full time job.

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  • 5. Ben  |  October 5, 2007 at 8:43 pm

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    http://www.mobilinkgsm.com/genie/index.php

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