Google, et al, testified in Washington last week before the Senate Commerce Committee over issues ranging from election meddling to transparence. Apple, Amazon, Google and Twitter, alongside AT&T and Charter, were all there. In case you were distracted by yet another Senate hearing that was taking place, Ex-Google Employee Urges Lawmakers to Take On Company. Said The New York Times, “In a harshly worded letter sent this week, the former employee, Jack Poulson, criticized Google’s handling of a project to build a version of its search engine that would be acceptable to the government of China. He said the project was a “catastrophic failure of the internal privacy review process,” adding that ‘that there is a “broad pattern of unaccountable decision making.”
“We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and improved our robust privacy program,” Keith Enright, Google’s chief privacy officer, said in his opening statement.
Guess they have. Enright evaded questioning about the company’s Chinese search engine, according to Techcrunch.
Didn’t Former Google CEO (Eric Schmidt recently) predict the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China? Nothing to see here.
Our favorite: Amazon’s chief lawyer Andrew DeVore, who said that complying with privacy rules has “required us to divert significant resources to administrative tasks and away from invention.”
The so-called “invention,” from what we’ve seen so far, is to remove all semblance of privacy in the name of not invention, but rather control, power and wealth.
The Next Wave
As we’ve said before, no one stays on top forever. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said of the tech cartel, “The intent is world domination,” unveiling to Fast Company Inrupt, whose mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon.”
“The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building…If all goes as planned, Inrupt will be to Solid what Netscape once was for many first-time users of the web: an easy way in.”
Life After Google et Al
In “Life After Google,” investor, writer, economist, techno-utopian advocate, and co-founder of the Discovery Institute George Gilder contends the age of the “Big Data” tech giants and their centralized, top-down hierarchical world is about to end, largely because their “neo-Marxist, deterministic” worldview is “fundamentally flawed.”
“I think what we’re going to have is the capability of a real global capitalism that can be conducted across networks in a distributed peer-to-peer fashion,” says Gilder.
Great read, by the way, from Gilder, who long ago predicted the dominance of the tech cartel, and is now predicting the rise of what is essentially the blockchain
What we’ve been witnessing to date is a scramble for power and control, and as the tech cartel, if anyone, should know, tech is a constantly shifting landscape. For Google to have shown up at the hearings, you know that there was an agenda and lo and behold: to push lawmakers for federal privacy laws, to upend California’s privacy law, as Techcrunch points out.
We’ve witness what their overreach has resulted in to date: more of the same, upping the ante – and blaming it on the algorithm.
Too big to fail or at least be majorly disrupted? What we’re about to witness is a techtonic (sic) shift: the next age of tech. The dominant forces might be considered the gold standard under the present iteration of the web, but as Robert Frost warned long ago, nothing gold can stay, especially with companies whose products are antithetical to the very reason for the creation of the web. So it was really only ever a matter of time before there was an alternative overarching platform. After all, what is the online world really all about?
Onward and forward.