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Originally posted by NeverSleepingEyes
Your post inspired me to - once again in the case of Google - find a balance.
At the one hand, Google is an innovative company that must be able to thrive and prosper.
At the other hand, there's too little common understanding among average users about what the implications are of having a monopolist dealing with our data.
Furthermore, I was shocked to hear Eric Schmidt (now ex-ceo of google) telling utter bull#, or better, lying to the masses about the importance of privacy. In the columns I wrote about it (in Dutch, so no use of linking to them) I pointed at the perversion: you don't lie just to be able to make even more money. How on earth can people have a "healthy" position towards privacy if no one spells it out to them what happens if they share data (with google or the other mologs who give sh*t about our privacy, did I mention Mark Suckerberg already?)
disclosure: I'm a sociologist who pioneered in Western Europe in internet development. Ever since the web turned the internet into kindergarten for consumers, I've been a critical observer.edit on 22-1-2011 by NeverSleepingEyes because: trying to get the "size" thing rightedit on 22-1-2011 by NeverSleepingEyes because: removed a word that was entered twice