Google/Morozov: as the past few years show, Google is not driven by an ideology of openness or public; at this point it seems to be concerned only with competition in the market. When it felt so far ahead of Facebook and Apple, it built open platforms and launched unprofitable but useful services. But these times are long gone: it has turned off many of the platforms celebrated by Jarvis (see Google/Jarvis) and has become much more cautious by charging fees for some services and eliminating others altogether.
Google/Morozov: Google may not feel comfortable in its role as a guardian of our public life. (...) Its business conduct is in constant conflict with its responsibility in public life, whereas the former has always won so far.
Eric Schmidt ((s) former head of Google) describes people as Google's customers, who he does not want to criticize for what they do, even if it is idiotic (1).
MorozovVsSchmidt: by describing people as customers, he takes a lot of pressure from Google's shoulders. (...) It makes its public ((s) political) role disappear. This neutrality is con...
Algorithms/Filter/Search Algorithms/Search Filters/Morozov: we need to stop thinking that new filters (...) are superior to previous practices - they may only be faster, cheaper and more efficient.
Algorithms/Filter/Weinberger/Morozov: David Weinberger is completely mistaken when he writes that the "Internet" filters would no longer filter out something, but bring something forward. (2).
MorozovVsWeinberger: he gives Silicon Valley a moral free ride ticket and also makes the mistake of internet centrism (See Terminology/Morozov) to believe that such filters, simply because they came from "the internet", are somehow divine and free of tendencies.
1. Julie Moos, “Transcript of Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Q& A at NAA,” Poynter.org, April 7, 2009, http:// www.poynter.org/ latest-news/ top-stories/ 95079/ transcript-of-google-ceo-eric-schmidts-qa-at-naa.
2. David Weinberger, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (New York: Basic Books, 2012), 11._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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