Since I’m in the middle of reading the book “Future Crimes” for the 2nd time, I’m learning a lot about the internet, cyber security, who the players are, and what the real threats are. If you are still worried about the NSA, or Snoden’s revelations, or even the Russian hacks and Wikileaks, you’re doomed to ignorance. These are kindergarten games compared to the real Big Brothers who stalk us all.
Who was the face on the big monitor in Apple’s 1984 commercial? Was he too big to fail? Was he too big to question? Did the prediction fail? Did you use Facebook or Google today?
- Do we need Google to be the Internet police? And do we even want it?
- Google must pay taxes to fund ridding web of child abuse
- Google will soon call out websites for not being secure
- Did You Know Google Has a New 2017 Website Requirement?
- Google, The Internet Police Force, Aims At Mobile
- Be the internet police, not an internet dictator
- When Did Google Become the Internet Police?
- Google Outs Itself As The Internet Police
- The rise of the Internet police
- The New Censorship
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In a very real way companies like Facebook and Google redefine the idea of too big to fail: They have become so big and powerful that we cannot afford to let them fail at their stated missions of political noninterference. ***
When Did Google Become the Internet Police?
And why aren’t more people upset about it?
Last week my website and the No Agenda podcast listener support page were both blacklisted for malware. In some instances I am still waiting for the blacklisting to be lifted. Peachy. It’s funny how the site can be blacklisted in a millisecond by an analysis but I have to wait forever to get cleared by the same analysis doing the same scan. Why is that?
John C. Dvorak
The rise of the Internet police
For decades, the Internet has been like the Wild West, with anonymous users creating racist or hate-filled posts. Now the world’s largest social networks are doing something about it.
Anisha Vora remembers when she first realized something was wrong. It was February 2012, and the then-22-year-old student learned that photos showing her naked or partially clothed were circulating on the Internet. The culprit was an ex-boyfriend she’d dated on and off for four years and had known since childhood.
Google Outs Itself As The Internet Police
Google apparently turned in a GMail user after its image recognition software matched an image in a private email they were scanning for profit with one in a child pornography database. I recently wrote about the IP hider Tor and made the point that it can be used to make it easier to share child pornography without getting arrested. But I’ve also written a lot of criticism about Google and it’s for profit surveillance.
I think it’s important to compare the two.
The New Censorship
Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor.
The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet.
Be the internet police, not an internet dictator
Users could be saved from a lot of pain if information security professionals acted like dictators and forced them to patch, update and take precautions, but Google’s chief technology advocate has called for a less totalitarian scheme.
Google’s chief technology advocate Michael T Jones has called on information security professionals to band together to better protect the internet, and follow its own example of “policing” it.
Facebook and Google have become too powerful to regulate or litigate – so powerful they can manipulate anything in the world they want to, from government to world finances
Do we need Google to be the Internet police? And do we even want it?
The EU has forced Google to remove links to stories people would rather forget. They also want Google to give preferential treatment to competitors. Hollywood celebs are suing Google because they felt the search engine behemoth didn’t do enough to remove links to sites that posted their naked selfies.
It seems like any time anyone has an issue with something on the Internet they expect Google to fix it – and fix it fast.
Google must pay taxes to fund ridding web of child abuse
Search engine giants such as Google and Bing should build on their early work to support agencies such as Ceop and invest in making their services safer.
They could fund law enforcement activity aimed at safeguarding children on the internet. The British Transport Police are funded by businesses and in turn make things safer for customers, so a similar model already exists.
Dr SARA PAYNE and SHY KEENAN, The Sun Justice Campaigners
Google, The Internet Police Force, Aims At Mobile
Google is quickly becoming the self-appointed internet police force. To be fair, it sure is nice to have Google warn us when a website may be compromised and spreading malware.
Google recently gave some false positives, but otherwise does a good job of keeping the internet a safe and happy place. Now Google is going a step further and is targeting mobile experience. With dramatic increases in mobile search over the last several years (and decreasing desktop search), Google is on a mission to identify mobile-friendly design and usability. Google is again changing the face of the web by mandating these features for sites that wish to rank highly in search results.
Google will soon call out websites for not being secure
In an announcement published to the Google Security Blog on Thursday, the search giant said users of its Chrome browser will be warned when accessing non-secure websites, starting January 2017.
The next-generation version of Chrome, called Chrome 56, will start to mark HTTP connections as “not secure.”
Did You Know Google Has a New 2017 Website Requirement?
Yes, and this requirement is a doozy! Everyone will know if you are caught with your pants down! So to spare your blushes, be smarter than your small business competition, and upgrade your website pronto so it is secure!
You also don’t have much time. Google’s new red yield sign showing your website is “Not secure” shows up with their next Chrome release version 56 (currently on 55 right now).