Thursday, August 27, 2009

Is Google Evil? by Maha Atal & Damian Kahya

Article and Photograph: Courtesy of NewStatesman

"The online search giant is the internet’s greatest success story. But as ever more data is amassed, concerns over how the company may use it grow."
"Records of Broughton in Buckinghamshire date back to the Domesday Book, the first medieval census - a comprehensive account of hitherto uncollected personal information. Nearly a millennium later, the online search giant Google was in the former village (now a suburb of Milton Keynes) updating records for its online mapping tool, Street View. A little after 9am on a Wednesday morning, an unmarked black Vauxhall Astra was spotted with a camera on a metre-high pole. People didn't like that "it could see over their garden walls", recalls the local councillor John Bint."

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