Alexis Ohanion, founder of Reddit (and Hipmunk and Breadpig), is kicking off a neat campaign to send condolence cards to Senators, mourning the “death of the internet” in response to the effort to move forward with PIPA.
Archive for 2012/01/16
Geeks, it should be known, spread far and wide, almost single-handedly helped save the web as we know itPosted: 2012/01/16 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy
According to a prominent U.S. Congressman, SOPA will not come up for a vote and is, thus, effectively dead, but PIPA remains active in the Senate
Cybercrime Expert Jan-Jaap Oerlemans: Dutch Pirate Bay Verdict Is Of High Quality. Does Wonder Whether This Marks ‘The Beginning Of The End Of An Unfiltered Internet’Posted: 2012/01/16 in Blocking, Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, Stats / reports
Oerlemans feels that the judges did a good job but that whole situation has been caused because of the lack of government enforcement against illegal activities on the internet.
“It is important for States to enforce the law. Only then will the public be reminded which rules and regulations need to be followed up”
According to Oerlemans there is also a need for a public debate as to what type of illegality will justify website blocking measures.
Dutch language news article:
Dutch blog of Jan-Jaap Oerlemans:
Understanding where innovation is heading is a difficult enough business when you’re deeply immersed in today’s technologies. But it’s ridiculously more difficult when you’re basing your understanding of where technology will be tomorrow… on a knowledge of technology that is, in all reality, multiple generations out of date.
“We were mortified to learn that a team of people working on a Google project improperly used Mocality’s data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites,” said Google’s European product and engineering veep Nelson Mattos.
Google is disruptive and crushes the competition, but that is not always in the best interest of the customerPosted: 2012/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Google, Stats / reports
Dutch online magazine WebWereld analyses Google using information from Gartner. Highlights:
- Google is disruptive and crushes the competition, but that is not always in the best interest of the customer;
- With minimal investments, Google gains maximum results. If not financially then certainly in relation to disruption of the market. Nonetheless, software products which were developed in response to Google’s actions sometimes perform better than Google’s initial products;
- Google ‘as a company’ feels like a ‘hyperactive startup’ instead of a corporate giant. As it is making realtime decisions about product development and deployment, customers can quickly share in the benefits of new services and applications but also share in the risks any of these services bring with them when not properly tested;
- Google’s products are perfect for those who believe that any improvements to these products will be introduced rapidly and are happy with products that are free or cheap and ‘good enough’ for the time being;
- Google’s main criteria for commercial success are the size of the user base and how the product stimulates the distribution of advertisements, or the extent to which it stimulates production of content which in itself can be used for ad distribution;
- 97% of Google’s revenue relates to online advertising;
- Google’s shareholders may require the company to start focusing on its core activities, especially when it wants to be taken seriously as a partner for other businesses and not only consumers.
Dutch language news article: