My reading this past week-end ”Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us | News | The Guardian”. Some staggering facts.
Google also handles billions of searches and YouTube plays daily, and has a billion active Gmail users, meaning it had access to most of the world’s emails. Some analysts estimate that 25% of all internet traffic in North America goes through Google’s servers. The company isn’t just connected to the internet, it is the internet.
I find it fascinating how people around me are hitting google.com instead of using their bookmarks. Well, they don’t use them anymore. Even more fascinating how Google’s search results which include large preview of the target website keep people away from these web sites! Yep, Google IS the Internet.
Google is getting White House and state department support and air cover. In reality, they are doing things the CIA cannot do,” wrote Fred Burton, an executive at global intelligence platform Stratfor and a former intelligence agent at the security branch of the state department.
But Google rejected the claims of its critics. “We’re not engaged in regime change,” Eric Schmidt told Wired. “We don’t do that stuff. But if it turns out that empowering citizens with smartphones and information causes changes in their country … you know, that’s probably a good thing, don’t you think?”
The fact that he is asking the question is in itself a bad sign. Please read this article well worth your time. You’ll see Google in a different way after. Promised.