Google Co-Founder: China, Iran, Facebook Threats to Internet Freedom

April 16th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Sergey Brin (pictured), one of Google’s founders, has warned about “very powerful forces” set to threaten the openness of the internet and is unabashed naming them.

In an interview with the Guardian, Brin said that these forces have “line up against the open internet on all sides and around the world.”

“I am more worried than I have been in the past around the increasingly tight controls different companies and countries are trying to apply to the Internet,” Brin added. “Internet piracy–or, more precisely, content owners trying to clamp down on it in increasingly draconian ways–is also a concern.”

Brin also stated internet restrictions being conducted in some countries, such as the firewall in China or how Iran plans on having a “clean” internet.

Bring also does not hold back in naming his competitors such as Facebook and Apple on how they stifle innovation, citing how they prohibit web crawlers from being indexed on Google’s search engine, thus rendering them unsearchable.

“Facebook has been sucking down Gmail contacts for many years,” he said about the popular social networking site. “You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive… The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.”

Source: The Guardian, via Slashgear


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