Thanks to Gordon Carmichael for bringing to our attention the collusion of Microsoft, Yahoo! and Cisco in censorship of web content in China. We are reliably informed that Google is also collaborating in the non-listing of censored sites in its search engine there. They are highlighted in the â??Reporters Without Bordersâ?? review of web-oppresive regimes, in the ‘one’s to watch’ section.
Coinciding with that was an â??articleâ?? on the unprecedented collaboration of Microsoft and Google in funding a lab at UC Berkeley, looking to streamline web-wide operating systems. The outcomes of this will, they insist, be freely available, and of use to those wanting to challenge the dominance of web-wide systems users such as Amazon, and you guessed it, Google, Microsoft et al. This philathropic approach to IT development is all well and good for improving ‘brand image’ but doesn’t sit easily alongside the censorship issues (mentioned above), or Microsoft’s ongoing love affair with the patenting of code.
A possible site of interest to those wanting to re-claim rapidly disappearing communal online space is â??google-will-eat-itselfâ?? – a site dedicated to slowly buying google with the revenue generated by it’s own advertising – and then entrusting it to GTTP [Google To The People Public Company].