Is Google afraid other browsers will add #Cast as a feature? That Microsoft and Apple might build Cast into the OS so any Windows or Mac app can send to your TV without Google's permissions?
Or are they afraid of giving users control over their own media, of their own devices? With Cast's design, you can't show a video you shoot on your own PC without uploading it first to YouTube. You can't put a desktop game on your own TV.
And if you're a software publisher, or an indie TV, webisode, game studio, or movie maker, you must contract with Google before your viewers/customers/players can see your work on their televisions.
Meanwhile, Google is taking over your TV's HDMI input. You have to literally unplug your TV from a cable box, a game station, or your laptop to use it. This is a position of power. This wrests control of your TV remote from your cable company.
Google is making strategic choices, plays that put rivals at a disadvantage, that increase Google's potential for power.
But our work and digital lives changed while the law hasn't.
We tweet and post and share and answer and check-in and upload and friend and follow all day. Even at work. If we've a company–provided gadget, we use it. If we don't, it won't stop us from using our own gadget on company provided Wi-Fi. And this will get even more intense as the Internet of Things, wearable computing (like ), and #quantifiedself converge.
We need to settle who owns your digital self. Who has rights to inspect what you do? Who has the right to take it away from you? Who has the right to give it to another person? To delete it? To revise it? To make public formerly private parts?
For example, created his #googleplus account while a employee. He used his account in connection with his job, promoting some of the social media and technologies he helped make at work. And now he's left. Under employment law, Google may control Chris's account; delete it, retire it, even give it to another employee to keep up the account active.
What about you? Have you ever tweeted during working hours? Chatted with your family while your smartphone's using the company Wi-Fi? Your employer may have a claim over your accounts, your messages, your profiles, your contact lists, your data; your whole life.
While the NSA is supposed to get a warrant, your employer is free to install surveillance software on company-provided laptops and mobile phones, on company servers and its Internet connection, and even in cloud services it pays for. Many companies do, especially industries that are regulated, defense related, or cutthroat.
If you're wearing a smart insulin pump that sends your blood sugar levels to a server via wi-fi, your employer could know. If you look up how to whistleblow using a company issued laptop from home, your employer could know. If you're making plans with your family for the evening, your employer could know. They are authorized by your being an employee.
New #humanrights are emerging to acknowledge some of the truths about what it means to be a person with part of yourself in the #noösphere , in #cyberspace . At some point these should be civil rights too.
In my dream world, just because an employer provides you with tools doesn't mean they get to own you. Even a part of you. Their right to inspect should be qualified, subject to something like due process. Employer rights to control personal speech, even a tweet, should be limited by the right to tweet.
So how do we define the right to tweet? To be ourselves, even when at work? How do we balance an employer's need to see what employees are doing at its behest with an employee's need to stay connected and engaged with the rest of the world?
#privacy #privacyrights #personaldata #employmentlaw #civilrights #civilliberties
Google's adding Google+ to many of its properties. So when do I get Google+ comments on my Gmail? When does Google Voice blend SMS and G+? When do YouTube comments become G+ threads? Blog comments are very similar to G+ threads so it should be interesting to see how this evolves as Google's various conversational media adapt to Google+ or bend G+to local contexts as G+ becomes the unified communications network for all Google users.
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