"Walled gardens stifle net freedom" ? Sergey Brin (Google)

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Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'

15 April 2012



The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.



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.



The 38-year-old billionaire, whose family fled antisemitism in the Soviet Union, was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind Google's partial pullout from China in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyber-attacks. He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country could effectively restrict the internet for long, but now says he has been proven wrong. "I thought there was no way [...]



http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...at-google-brin

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    hahahahahah



    funniest joke of the day. Thanks!





    Hilarious.
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    Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post


    hahahahahah



    funniest joke of the day. Thanks!





    Hilarious.



    Nightie night, murch!
  • Reply 3 of 3
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,510moderator
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    The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.



    Exactly, whenever 4 billion people per day type a search into Google, nobody knows exactly how the results are generated or if they are done so in a fair and balanced manner. It's pretty scary. Google is essentially directing the entire world's search traffic. If only it were somehow more open and therefore not profitable for them.
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