p2pnet news | Freedom:- Google frightens the hell out of me.
It’s just announced its Google Sites is now open to any registered user.
Previously it was only for, “companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains,” says the Google blog.
“Now we’ve made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information,” says the company, “team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it – in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website … and add as many pages as you like for free.”
To me, this is one of the most frightening of Google’s many and various ways of gaining control of who does what online, at the same time scarfing up absolutely priceless personal information which, under different guises, ultimately find its way back to Google’s clients and to any entity which has what Google, in its wisdom, decides (or can be convinced) has a legal call on the data.
A few people. A group. The world ……..
Google recently announced it wants to become a repository for health information —- your or health information.
In July last year, it officially launched a health advertising blog with Michael Moore’s Sicko in the back-ground.
“Moore’s film portrays the [health care] industry as money and marketing driven, and fails to show healthcare’s interest in patient well-being and care,” said Google.
Without wishing to be overly cynical, the health care industry has as much genuine interest in patient well-being and care as Google does in the privacy of its users.
Through Gmail and Gchat, Larry, Sergei and Eric have a direct line on everyone you’re in touch with.
Google owns YouTube, through which a significant portion of the online world gets its video jollies and not-jollies, Feedburner, possibly the most used news feed management application, and Blogger, one of the largest blogging platforms.
And more. A lot more.
It even has a Public Policy unit through which it seeks ” to do public policy advocacy in a Googley way“.
If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will.
And now it wants to become online host to everyone in the world, with all that implies.
And you thought Microsoft was dire?
Google frightens the hell out of me.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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