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In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary."
The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he 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.
In China, which now has more internet users than any other country, the government recently introduced new "real identity" rules in a bid to tame the boisterous microblogging scene. In Russia, there are powerful calls to rein in a blogosphere blamed for fomenting a wave of anti-Vladimir Putin protests. It has been reported that Iran is planning to introduce a sealed "national internet" from this summer.
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
Look at this. I had no more than posted my opinion and gone back to the firehose, and there I find this in the General Conspiracies forum:
The Google Takeover
Seriously. If they want Web freedom, g---dammit, be the first! Lead by example! Hypocrisy of the worst kind....
In China, which now has more internet users than any other country, the government recently introduced new "real identity" rules in a bid to tame the boisterous microblogging scene.
Originally posted by de Thor
You know who's more powerful than Facebook and internet hating lawmakers? Google.
As long as Google is worried about keeping the internet as is, we are in an OK position.