Could Google steal the election?

Research shows that whether favorable or unfavorable articles show up on search engines–and the order of those articles–influences the way people vote.  So, conceivably, Google–or, rather, the search algorithm that Google uses–could determine the election.  So warns Wired Magazine. [Read more...]

Should we have the right to be forgotten?

As we blogged about last year, the highest court of the European Union ruled that Google must implement “the right to be forgotten,” requiring the search engine to strike out embarrassing about individuals upon their request.  There is now a movement to bring that right to the United States.

Read about it after the jump.  Would this be a blow for internet privacy?  Or an effort to censor the internet?  Would it be a salutary method of covering up old mistakes?  Or an attempt to remake history by implementing an Orwellian “memory hole”? [Read more...]

Google is investing in letting us live for 500 years

Google is putting some of its gazillions of dollars into a venture capital fund.  Its goal is to fund research that will let us live for 500 years. [Read more...]

More on “the right to be forgotten”

We blogged about the European Union’s Supreme Court equivalent ruling that Google must take down links to information about individuals if they request it.  Well, the requests are pouring in. [Read more...]

The right to be forgotten

The highest court of the European Union has ruled that Google and other search engines must allow individuals to request that links about them that appear in searches be deleted. [Read more...]

Just let Google run the country?

Justine Tunney, one of the founders of Occupy Wall Street, is calling on President Obama to resign, have all government workers retire, and transfer all administrative authority to the tech industry, making Google chairman Eric Schmidt the “C.E.O. of America.”

But aren’t leftists always complaining about the influence of big corporations on the government?  Ms. Tunney claims that the tech industry is actually “post-capitalist.”

OK, she only has two signatures on her petition at the time of the news report, so this isn’t a realistic threat to our constitutional republic.  But still, even people on the right say that government should be run “like a business.”  What are the problems with this? [Read more...]


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