Control of the internet


#271

Yes, but to clarify, and to revert to an alternative metaphor to the “supra-organism” (perhaps get back there later, there are profound insights in it), what I was referring to is how Google now is the primary curator (to borrow from you dkin) of content on the internet.

They have become like the editor of a very big newspaper, with millions of potential journalists working for free.

They say to people (in their guidelines), "Make pages primarily for your users (reader segment)… Ask yourself, “Does this help my users (reader segment)?”

They NOW advise how we should write, very similarly to the style guidelines of old established newspapers. At least if you want your page to be “published” (through their search engine), this is what you must do.

First, let it be said that journalism is the very poor cousin of writing proper.

And second, as Orwell put it, “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

Now, Google’s search engine has become the “editor in chief” of the Internet, you have to ask what are its criteria for publishing, and what gets “front page” and what gets pushed to small columns inside.

Of course, they have an advertiser for every “niche”. But their primary objective is “eyeballs”. Much of what is called the internet is heading towards being nothing else but a glorified newspaper, controlled by very similarly thinking interests as traditional newspapers.

There are implications for social-control in that, quite similar to the control implications there are in having a critical mass of people in the habit of reading the traditional daily newspapers.

Yes, in terms of how people search out information on the internet, you may “choose” to read the Times, Sun, National Enquirer or FT etc. A home for all “opinions” etc.


#272

Spooks using computer cameras to capture images of everyone…

theguardian.com/world/2014/f … -condemned


#273

They have so much porn now…


#274

fixed that for you


#275

MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata - -> webpolicy.org/2014/03/12/metapho … -metadata/


#276

Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file - -> theguardian.com/world/2014/a … s-nsa-file


#277

Good article by Shoshanna Zuboff called Dark Google about the ever increasing control of Google and it’s possible plans to move beyond the “data business” to the “reality business”. Worrying stuff, in my view.

faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/d … 16679.html
Response to Mathias Döpfner
Dark Google
30.04.2014 · We witness the rise of a new absolute power. Google transfers its radical politics from cyberspace to reality. It will earn its money by knowing, manipulating, controlling the reality and cutting it into the tiniest pieces.
Von SHOSHANA ZUBOFF
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As if interests of his business stand for the entire Web and Internet: Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
Recall those fabled frogs happy in the magic pond. Playful. Distracted. The water temperature slowly rises, but the frogs don’t notice. By the time it reaches the boiling point, it’s too late to leap to safety. We are as frogs in the digital waters, and Springer CEO Mathias Dopfner has just become our frog town crier. Mr. Dopfner’s „Why We Fear Google“ ( a response to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s open letter, „A Chance for Growth“) warns of danger on the move: „The temperatures are rising fast.” If his cry of alarm scares you, that’s good. Why?

(Autorisierte deutsche Fassung: Die Google-Gefahr - Schürfrechte am Leben von Shoshana Zuboff)

First, because there is a dawning awareness that Google is forging a new kingdom on the strength of a different kind of power –– ubiquitous, hidden, and unaccountable. If successful, the dominion of this kingdom will exceed anything the world has known. The water is close to boiling, because Google understands this statement more profoundly than we do.

Second, because accessing the Web and the wider Internet have become essential for effective social participation across much of the world. A BBC poll conducted in 2010 found that 79% of people in 26 countries considered access to the Internet to be a fundamental human right. We rely on Google’s tools as we search, learn, connect, communicate, and transact. The chilling irony is that we’ve become dependent on the Internet to enhance our lives, but the very tools we use there threaten to remake society in ways that we do not understand and have not chosen.

Something new and dangerous
If there is a single word to describe Google, it is „absolute.” The Britannica defines absolutism as a system in which „the ruling power is not subject to regularized challenge or check by any other agency.” In ordinary affairs, absolutism is a moral attitude in which values and principles are regarded as unchallengeable and universal. There is no relativism, context-dependence, or openness to change.

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Shoshana Zuboff warns of the radical vision of Google
Six years ago I asked Eric Schmidt what corporate innovations Google was putting in place to ensure that its interests were aligned with its end users. Would it betray their trust? Back then his answer stunned me. He and Google’s founders control the super-voting class B stock. This allows them, he explained, to make decisions without regard to short-term pressure from Wall Street. Of course, it also insulates them from every other kind of influence. There was no wrestling with the creation of an inclusive, trustworthy, and transparent governance system. There was no struggle to institutionalize scrutiny and feedback. Instead Schmidt’s answer was the quintessence of absolutism: „trust me; I know best.” At that moment I knew I was in the presence of something new and dangerous whose effects reached beyond narrow economic contests and into the heart of everyday life.

Google kills Innovation
Mr. Schmidt’s open letter to Europe shows evidence of such absolutism. Democratic oversight is characterized as „heavy-handed regulation.” The „Internet”, „Web”, and „Google” are referenced interchangeably, as if Goggle’s interests stand for the entire Web and Internet. That’s a magician’s sleight of hand intended to distract from the real issue. Google’s absolutist pursuit of its interests is now regarded by many as responsible for the Web’s fading prospects as an open information platform in which participants can agree on rules, rights, and choice.

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This is the unabridged version. The german version has been authorized.

Eric Schmidt is Google Executive Chairman. A previous version of this article regretfully mentioned the wrong position.


#278

Interesting series of articles

america.aljazeera.com/articles/2 … oogle.html

falkvinge.net/2014/05/08/the-rul … th-itself/

tomatleeblog.com/?p=175327019


#279

When the Americans do it its called “surveillance”, when the Chinese do it its called “spying”…

Cisco calls for curb on NSA surveillance efforts - -> bbc.com/news/technology-27468794


#280

China excludes Windows 8 from government computers - -> news.xinhuanet.com/english/china … 347210.htm

NSA-Überwachung: Bundesregierung warnt vor Sicherheitsrisiko bei Windows 8 -> deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten … windows-8/


#281

Chambers coming out with this says very clearly that the NSA stuff is affecting the bottom line for big hardware companies. Destroying the village to save it.


#282

It’s affecting the bottom line for all American based IT companies. Legislation passed in the wake of September 11 that gives the US government authority to compel companies to hand over data on their clients and employees is also impacting cloud computing where most of the issues in setup tend to be legal rather than technical.

How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?
video.pbs.org/video/2365245528/

video.pbs.org/video/2365250130/

FRONTLINE continues the dramatic inside story of mass surveillance in America with Part Two of United States of Secrets, an investigation into the hidden relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency.


#283

Ah, FFS they are one and the same. Any oligarchical tendencies today impacting our living environments comprises alliances of state and private-sector. These private sector interests were well happy enough in the recent past for their technology to be used in this way. The only thing that has changed is now the writing is going on the wall for them, so they try to disassociate themselves from their previous alliances. Fuck it galls me to hear the dumb-fuck libertarian apologists for this shit coming out of the woodwork, trying to re-write the reality. For example, check out this recent letter sent to NL government. gendo.nl/en/blog/arjen/letter-to-parliamentary-committee-on-government-it-projects These companies are just being put on the back foot, now. So they engage in subtle PR.


#284

+1
Lots of deals in China were lost last year over this and it’s the same story this year.
Other jurisdictions are also playing hardball - hosted infrastructure must be within national boundaries and so forth. Can’t say I blame them but it’s making things complex and reducing efficiencies for “international” cloud service providers.


#285

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong - Daniel Ellsberg -> theguardian.com/commentisfre … ionage-act


#286

The Irish Data Commissioner proves him/herself to be a useless waste of space.

theregister.co.uk/2014/06/18 … se_to_ecj/


#287

Not really. The DPC effectively won the case, but the referral to the ECJ is regarding the fundamental issue of Safe Harbour, which should be an interest whitewash.

Doesn’t mean the DPC isn’t a waste of space anyway :slight_smile:


#288

Microsoft offices raided by Chinese authorities - -> independent.ie/business/worl … 68766.html

Microsoft, China clash over Windows 8, backdoor-spying charges - -> cnet.com/uk/news/microsoft-c … or-spying/

Windows 8, Now Microsoft Office Banned by China - -> windowsitpro.com/cloud/windows-8 … nned-china

China’s Windows 8 Ban Is a Symptom, Not the Problem - -> fool.com/investing/general/2 … oblem.aspx

The issue of NSA spying using technology supplied by American multinationals such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google and other will have a more obvious direct impact on Ireland should the political ball swing that way across Europe. They have seriously rankled German politicians, this is the era of asymmetric warfare.

Windows 8+TPM: Germany Warns of ‘Loss of Control’ - -> blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-e … /index.htm
22 August 13

Is Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so - -> pcworld.com/article/2047332/ … ks-so.html
Aug 23, 2013

German Government Chooses BlackBerry For Its Security - -> ubergizmo.com/2014/07/german … -security/
07/29/2014

Invisible, Government-authored Malware Makes its Way to Underground Forums - -> infosecurity-magazine.com/vi … nd-forums/


#289

Have we posted or linked to Digital Rights Ireland before?

If I or someone else didn’t might be worth repeating here… digitalrights.ie/

They won what I am told was an important case in the ECJ.


#290

US Judge Insists Microsoft Break EU Law To Obey US Law Over Email In Ireland - -> forbes.com/sites/timworstall … n-ireland/