turbocharged - 11:54 am on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
After spending the last week researching what exactly is going on at google I've realised too that government intervention is the only answer. Realistically this will take time, there are already some elements moving 'slowly' through the courts, and more in the making (anti-trust, etc) but it's going to take time.
I would not expect too much from this. Governments have a difficult time telling any business what they can and can not display on their website. Coupled with the "partnership" that some governments have with Google, in regards to user data collection and dissemination, there is little incentive to go after Google because they choose to rank some sites instead of others.
Trust me, I'm not in Google's corner by any means. But the writing is on the wall. Free organic search traffic, for the most part, is coming to an end at Google. Although many webmasters are in denial about this, if you look at the trends you will see an expanding pay to play environment.