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Chapter 8: Search, Privacy, Government, and Evil By: Marissa Gittelman Tuesday, March 27 2007 CPS 49:Google, the Computer Science within and its Impact on Society
“This will go on your permanent record” • Google knows where you live • Reverse directories scare people • Google is just making the connection • America built on the “right to know” (legal public information) • No one used to to look, but now its easy to get information about anyone
Problems arise • People trying to sue - but you can’t shoot the messenger • Getting personal… • When is it too public? • Government still isn’t sure where to draw the line • Privacy vs. Right to Know • Implications of this massive storehouse of identifiable information?
“Search Me” • Gmail (1 gigabyte and a search interface) • Ads too relevant • Concerns…can trace entire web usage • Legislatures wanted to ban Gmail in California --- protections instead • Hit a nerve
How else can you be tracked and recorded? • Google Desktop Search • ISP and Universities • What if it falls into the wrong hands? • Its about trust… • Relationship with service provider • But do we really know the policies? And trust our providers?
Unreasonable Search? • US Patriot Act http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.html • Response to 9/11 • Re-hash of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001? • Access to private information • Internet, phone tapping • What happened to the fourth amendment? • http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment04/
Liberties vs. Security? • You wouldn’t even know • Times of war • Balance between liberties and national security • New York’s refusal • People should at least be informed • Renewal in 2005?
The China Question • Censorship • The Great Firewall of China • China, the hybrid • Business vs social responsibility • Google in China…it’s complicated… • China News
“Do no evil” to “accessory to evil”? • People upset with Google • But Google had to make a choice… • Decided some news better than no news • They gave in… • Baidu • Market Opportunity vs standing up to China • “trying to do the most good”
Tough Decision • Different kind of company • Let people down • Core values of freedom, independence, resistance • Tough place, supposed to organize information… became moral police • Impacting billions of lives
For the next turn of events… Google Goes Public (2004)!