Google off, says Dug

Just as I was typing below about the threat of Googlification, my friend Dug is going through some severe turbulence wit...

October 27, 2005


Just as I was typing below about the threat of Googlification, my friend Dug is going through some severe turbulence with Google, which has decided to clampdown on perceived adsense abuse at Lecture List, a not for profit public service – and is trying to reclaim $970 from Lecture List’s account.

Fair enough, it has to protect its revenue model from abuse in order to preserve the confidence of advertisers, but where are the global citizen’s rights of appeal in all this?

Increasingly, we use services like Verisign, Microsoft and Google as lifestyle utilities, unaware of the privacy and liberty we are sacrificing in the process.

Their accountability is that of any other red in tooth and claw capitalist – to appease the stockholders.

Google’s vision – connecting the knowledge of the world to the people of the world – is a grand design. But they must maintain the trust of all stakeholders – not just stockholders in order to deliver it.

Feels less like 1984. More like 1489.

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