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Cory Giles
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Tim O'Reilly originally shared:
 
Really, Google is evil now? Let's Get Real. How About Apple?

I just came across this story:

Google’s Broken Promise: The End of "Don’t Be Evil"
BY MAT HONAN
JAN 24, 2012
<http://gizmodo.com/5878987/its-official-google-is-evil-now>

I have to confess that I find the furor to be overblown.

Collecting data isn't evil. It's the currency of the future, a currency that we provide in order to buy useful services, many of which can ONLY be provided if that data is aggregated and analyzed and made relevant. There are evil things that you can do with that data, but just collecting it isn't evil. I wish people would avoid the linkbait headlines unless they have evidence that Google is actually doing bad things with that data.

If you want an example of a company that is doing "evil", consider Apple. I was horrified when I heard Mike Daisey, author of the one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," talking on This American Life about working conditions in the factories that make the iPhone and iPad, and Apple's tepid monitoring of those conditions. When a company has $98 billion in cash, and profits of tens of billions of dollars each quarter, does it really need to squeeze every last cent out of manufacturing costs?

The account of how Apple's factories substituted n-hexane, a neurotoxin with well-documented long term adverse health effects, for alcohol to wipe those shining screens clean, gaining a miniscule advantage in drying time but exposing workers to a lifetime of disablement, nearly brought me to tears.

That's evil. Of course, Apple never promised to do no evil, so they get a free pass.

Journalists should listen to this episode, and then write about that, please:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory

Update: The point of this post was not to excuse Google by saying Apple is worse. It was to draw a distinction between the potential for harm (Google is collecting all this data, and that could be bad) and actual harm (Apple - and just about every other company making cheap electronics - is countenancing incredibly bad labor practices that do real damage to people, right now.) There are many things that Google does that I consider as violations of its "Don't be evil" mantram (including profiting from ads from content farms, spammers, IP thieves, et al), but collecting and analyzing user data isn't one of them. I'd be delighted to hear about and spread the word about actual violations of user privacy on Google's part that are causing actual harm. But alarmism about what they might do, given how much data they have, isn't a case of actual harm, and doesn't make Google "evil".
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Check this out (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/460/retraction) for Mike Daisey's "theatrical" truth as opposed to "journalistic" truth. Apparently Daisey was more interested in "making people care" than being an advocate for the true truth! Another reason why I am so impressed with Ira Glass and his crew!!
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An evolutionary transition that took several billion years to occur in nature has happened in a laboratory, and it needed just 60 days. U...
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well, better late than never.  haven't been on fb for a long time and don't plan to use it much, but just saw this!  way to go cor...proud of you for posting this!!  gg
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Classic science article that pertains in so many ways to our current political problems.
The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin - The Garrett Hardin Society - Articles
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Excellent paper, and you're absolutely right.
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Oh, the delicious hypocrisy of "engineers at Facebook [&] Twitter" implying Google is evil:
http://www.focusontheuser.org/
See how much better Google's results would be if they included information from across the social web, rather than just Google's own social network.
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