[Noisebridge-discuss] governments may have the upper hand

Gopiballava Flaherty gopiballava at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 18:37:56 UTC 2012

Will didn't say that Sergey is sitting down with focus groups, asking them how he can tailor his public message to increase his net worth.

I half agree with you: I don't think that Sergey feels he needs more money. But Google is still his baby, and I find it hard to believe that he doesn't have some emotional involvement in Google's success. I don't think he is acting in a craven, planned way. It just affects his perspective.

I don't agree that Apple's walled garden restricts the Internet. I do think that services that are accessed exclusively through apps have the potential to reduce availability of services. Instagram would be an example: you had to use an iPhone to get to it. Not because of Apple's walled garden but because the company didn't bother to make an Android, Blackberry, Linux, Symbian or Windows Phone version.

I think there are some interesting problems in this space, but I don't think that he has shown any significant insight. I am happy to hear publicity being brought to this, though.


gopi at iPad

On Apr 16, 2012, at 11:19, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:

> Yeah that's the obvious retort that all the commenters were making, just like pointing out that Darpa created the internet when someone criticises Maker Darpa faire.
> I honestly don't think Sergey Brin is giving a shit about making more money.
> In fact, he is so rich that he already has all the freedom one can have in this world.  It's people like you and me and all the commenters mocking him for profiting off of google, who are the ones who SHOULD be making exactly the arguments that he's making...
> because we are the ones who will suffer if the genie is stuffed back into the bottle.  Sergey can just buy himself a ticket onto the Arc.
> -jake
> On Mon, 16 Apr 2012, Will Sargent wrote:
>> I'd put a little more faith in what he said if there weren't quite so much
>> blatant self-interest going on.  It's like the Paramount exec who said that
>> Louis C.K. didn't monetize because he didn't go through the studios... if
>> you can make money by believing something, it's very easy to believe it.
>> Will.
>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 6:25 AM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>>      Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey
>>      Brin
>>      Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the
>>      rise of
>>      Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'...
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/15/web-freedom-threat-google-
>>      brin
>>       He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country
>>      could
>>      effectively restrict the internet for long, but now says he has
>>      been
>>      proven wrong. "I thought there was no way to put the genie back
>>      in the
>>      bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put
>>      back in
>>      the bottle," he said.
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