Google Pretending to Care? — Two New Transparency Tools

Government Requests

Corporate Transparency and user information privacy are hot issues on the net, and with bigger and bigger services, people are becoming more aware that their information is not solely accessible by those whom they decide to share it with. Their information might be shared with hackers, nosy friends, and even governments! Google has released a couple of new services that will address privacy issues and raise the level of transparency that Google has about its interaction with the governments of the world.

The Evolution of a Poking Tool

After Google’s scuffles with the Chinese government and their services being banned in mainland China, Google released a monitoring tool that allows it to keep tabs on China’s blocks of its service and helps inform its users of them. The new tool builds on the “up-time monitor” and expands it to provide information about the traffic from about 200 countries, in it you will be able to get updated information about blocks and traffic to 17 Google services including Youtube.┬áSo blockades such as Pakistan’s 10-day censorship of Youtube in protest for the “draw Mohammed Day” in March can be clearly seen using the Transparency Traffic Report tool, data is delayed by 30-hours so that Google can ensure its authenticity before releasing it to the public.

Don’t Piss on Youtube Because Google TV Might Just Piss on You!

Google Vs. Viacom

Google Vs. Viacom

More and more people are watching TV on the web through Youtube and Hulu. This phenomenon proved everyone wrong in the television industry because they believed people will not sit to watch an hour long show on their computer screens. That comes naturally to all industries, they are just too slow to react to revolutions in technology. The music industry is still fighting tooth and nail to maintain its hegemony on distribution and wrestling with iTunes over pricing and control.

So, naturally, television production studios and companies will try to head towards the same track as the RIAA and the music industry and try to fight the evolution. In the end, it only helps alienate their customers and shows them for their true colors. A bunch of greedy and hypocritical fat cats. A prime example of that hypocrisy is the legal fight between Youtube and Viacom.

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