05 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Google’s Do No Evil… Going Evil?

UPDATE: Freepress has launched “Tell Google ‘Don’t Be Evil‘”

We have all heard of Google’s “Do no evil” philosophy… could it be changing ? and in the process hurt the interest of the very ones who have made Google’s existence possible?  I’m talking about all of us, daily internet users, the freedom of the internet, and what many now refer to as Net Neutrality.  Right now under FCC’s consideration,  should the Internet be kept free and open, or should the big boys be allowed to take over?  And how would it affect journalism in general particularly independent efforts?

According to the NYT article, Google and Verizon “are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” [ read full article ]

And so… as I read the above article, the “do no evil” Google thing immediately came to mind.

If you visit Google’s corporate page ,you will read and learn about the mighty search engine simple, but just as powerful philosophy, and what the company refers to as their  ten “core principles” that guide their actions.

Number six reads: “You can make money without doing evil.” But then I noticed Google’s tenth core commandment “Great just isn’t good enough.” When millions, if not billions are at stake in possible user fees… I can’t help but wonder in which side of the fence would Google put it’s mighty. As a freelance journalist and online entrepreneur, I most certainly hope they do the right thing and in the public interest.

For now, however the FCC seems to be leaning towards consumers “Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable,” Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, told reporters on Thursday.”  NYT

LEARN MORE: The Basics of Net Neutrality

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