---- University study: Google can 'extort and dominate' the world
jomaxx - 5:59 pm on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)
If you look at the report, you can see it's clearly not a "study" at all but a kind of manifesto. The authors seem to fear Google because they are extremely credulous about some wildly overstated claims:
Google can use its almost universal knowledge of what is happening in the world to play the stock market without risk
(This can really happen only if they read your Gmail, which would undoubtedly be very illegal and could also be done by any number of ISPs.)
Google's open aim is to "know everything there is to know on Earth". It cannot be tolerated that a private company has that much power
(This was a kind of a JOKE, duh. Obviously that is not an achievable goal to be feared. Not until the Singularity happens and we all upload ourselves onto supercomputers, anyway.)
most material that is written today is based on Google and Wikipedia
(There's also lots of information about the evil "Google-Wikipedia connection (GWC)".)
Google is influencing economy by the way advertisements are ranked right now: the more a company pays, the more often will the add be visible.
(And this is different from OTHER advertising how?)
I agree there are (obviously) legitimate privacy concerns, but the authors seem to be in awe of the magnificence and omnipotence of "GOOGLE". What about the other search engines and the other ad networks and the mega-ISPs and sites like Facebook and phishing and spyware and zombie networks?