Google Social Search: What a criminal wants? [video]

Last week, Google announced its experimenting with a new social search feature. The feature simply combines your Twitter, Facebook, Google (…etc) contacts and friends and includes their photos, updates and entries in your search results.

Besides the immediate “this is interesting and should be useful” thought, it got me wondering, do we really want that? Think of it from this: without the option of having each and every update of your friends searchable, people were complaining about others stalking” them on Facebook and MySpace. Imagine now, when instead of just inferring information from the bits and pieces everyone posted, you can actually search for whatever you want to learn about.

Imagine a thieve looking for an easy target to steal with 1000 “friends” on Facebook and 10,000 Twitter followers. A simple “vacation+from” search on Google, limiting it by time, would get him all “friends” out of town. Now, we can agree that the user who posted the “I’m on vacation from-to” online is an idiot, while Google is just making it easier to track all of that.

Below is the video introduction of Google’s social search experiment. Let us know your thoughts.

Law & Lawsuits: Legal Systems Limiting Freedom on the Internet!

“When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws”. GK Chesterton

The small laws, the big laws, the rightful laws, the new laws, the old laws and so on; the wide list of law descriptive terms is endless! Yet, when it comes to freedom, especially over a loose medium such as the Internet, there is but one question one should ask: Are the laws unlawfully limiting the freedom of individuals using the Internet?

The answer is a definite YES!

Using the Law to Limit Cyber Freedom…

Order!!!

Order!!!

Hundreds of reported stories and news articles, dated back to the past 5 years and leading up to this day, demonstrate how the law has been negatively influencing our overall freedom of thought and expression. Furthermore, and in many cases, it was reported that the law was manipulated to sue individuals who might not even be involved in the alleged accusations in efforts to reap financial gains or shield big corporations!

I would like to ask you to accompany me through a list of stories I have found online, and which perfectly illustrate how our freedom is being constricted, slowly but surely, over the Internet and its channels:

1. Judge orders Google to deactivate Gmail account

August 12, 2009, a Gmail user mistakenly receives confidential financial information from “a bank”. September 24, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge James Ware orders Google to deactivate the user’s account!

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