The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’

Julian Assange, reviewing Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s new book, The New Digital Age:

The section on “repressive autocracies” describes, disapprovingly, various repressive surveillance measures: legislation to insert back doors into software to enable spying on citizens, monitoring of social networks and the collection of intelligence on entire populations. All of these are already in widespread use in the United States. In fact, some of those measures — like the push to require every social-network profile to be linked to a real name — were spearheaded by Google itself.

I almost always don’t like Assange, but the enemy of my enemy… Or something like that. In his review Assange brings up some fantastic points, like the one quoted above and this gem:

If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-backed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces — forever.

Gives me the heebie-jeebies.

{via Daring Fireball}

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Julian Assange, reviewing Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s new book, The New Digital Age: The section on “repressive autocracies” describes, disapprovingly, various repressive surveillance measures: legislation to insert back doors into software to enable spying on citizens, monitoring of social networks and the collection of intelligence on entire populations. All of these are already in […]