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Ben Welch-Bolen
Works at WebPub.com
Attended University of Arkansas
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Don't ask for your privacy. Take it back. On June 5th we will Reset the Net. Are you in?
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I have a tremendous number of thoughts about the various revelations about the NSA's domestic espionage programs revealed this week. But first and foremost, I wanted to share this message from +Larry Page and our Chief Legal Officer +David Drummond. Google had no involvement in the PRISM program and the first we heard of it was when Greenwald's article hit the press.

I'm not sure what the details of this PRISM program are, but I can tell you that the only way in which Google reveals information about users are when we receive lawful, specific orders about individuals -- things like search warrants. And we continue to stand firm against any attempts to do so broadly or without genuine, individualized suspicion, and publicize the results as much as possible in our Transparency Report. Having seen much of the internals of how we do this, I can tell you that it is a point of pride, both for the company and for many of us, personally, that we stand up to governments that demand people's information. 

I can also tell you that the suggestion that PRISM involved anything happening directly inside our datacenters surprised me a great deal; owing to the nature of my work at Google over the past decade, it would have been challenging -- not impossible, but definitely a major surprise -- if something like this could have been done without my ever hearing of it. And I can categorically state that nothing resembling the mass surveillance of individuals by governments within our systems has ever crossed my plate.

If it had, even if I couldn't talk about it, in all likelihood I would no longer be working at Google: the fact that we do stand up for individual users' privacy and protection, for their right to have a personal life which is not ever shared with other people without their consent, even when governments come knocking at our door with guns, is one of the two most important reasons that I am at this company: the other being a chance to build systems which fundamentally change and improve the lives of billions of people by turning the abstract power of computing into something which amplifies and expands their individual, mental life.

Whatever the NSA was doing involving the mass harvesting of information, it did not involve being on the inside of Google. And I, personally, am by now disgusted with their conduct: the national security apparatus has convinced itself and the rest of the government that the only way it can do its job is to know everything about everyone. That's not how you protect a country. We didn't fight the Cold War just so we could rebuild the Stasi ourselves.
Dear Google users— You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CE...
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hey google please fix the new google maps, i can't find how to email directions to people or even myself, total UI failure... 
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ah sweet, thanks! 

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Awesome!!! Any plans to do this international?? I'm in Germany and they don't even have free wifi in starbucks :)
Coffee shop + Internet—it’s a pairing that many us have come to rely on. WiFi access makes work time, downtime, travel time and lots of in-between times more enjoyable and productive. That’s why we’re teaming up with Starbuck...
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Me ;) but also the cathedral, the food :), "la petite france"...nice town :) 
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Student / CEO / Entrepreneur
Employment
  • WebPub.com
    Co-Founder, 2010 - present
  • World Wide Web Hosting LLC.
    CEO, 2008 - present
  • Bweeb Inc.
    President, 1999 - present
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Internet :)
Previously
Washington, DC, USA - Denver, Colorado - Fayevetteville, Arkansas - Cairo, Egypt - Dublin, Ireland - Boca Raton, Florida - Kailua-Kona, HI - Melbourne, Au
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Digital Nomad
Introduction

Who Is this Ben character? Even I am not sure sometimes, but I love coming up with new business ideas, thinking them out, building them, and in general I love everything about business. Its fascinating to figure out how everyone makes money in the system, from Subway franchises, to the latest tech startup.

Personal / Corporate Ethos:

We love the Internet. We love the freedom It gives us to create, design and invent. We also love the opportunities it gives; it helps people use their creative efforts to improve life for themselves, their families, and their communities. So, our mission is simple: to help everyone in the world create something online.

We want to build online communities that teach web development, design, and internet marketing. We want to provide dependable, easy-to-use web hosting: We want to make it as easy as possible to create and maintain a website. We want to create online jobs that are independent of physical location. We want to make the world more connected

In my free time I love to read, travel, run, and play ultimate frissbee. I own Bweeb INC along with my business partner and friend, and we work on a variety of new apps, ideas, startups, investments, and so on. Currently our largest investment is in Site5 Web Hosting and we just launched WebPub! Hopefully that is a good enough bio, if you need more you can find my LinkedIn bio here.

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Still alive.
Education
  • University of Arkansas
    International Relations, Political Science, History, Etc.
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July 20