Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2017 11:08 UTC
Google Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivalvi (and former CEO of Opera):

Recently, our Google AdWords campaigns were suspended without warning. This was the second time that I have encountered this situation. This time, however, timing spoke volumes.

I had several interviews where I voiced concerns about the data gathering and ad targeting practices - in particular, those of Google and Facebook. They collect and aggregate far too much personal information from their users. I see this as a very serious, democracy-threatening problem, as the vast targeting opportunities offered by Google and Facebook are not only good for very targeted marketing, but also for tailored propaganda. The idea of the Internet turning into a battlefield of propaganda is very far away from the ideal.

Two days after my thoughts were published in an article by Wired, we found out that all the campaigns under our Google AdWords account were suspended - without prior warning. Was this just a coincidence? Or was it deliberate, a way of sending us a message?

Large technology companies have an immense amount of control over and influence on our society, far more than they - or anyone else, for that matter - care to admit. We're way past the point where governments should step in and start to correct this dangerous situation. It's time for another breakup of the Bell System. It's time we, as society, take a long, hard look at corporations - in tech and elsewhere - and ask ourselves if we really want to be subject to the control of organisations we effectively have no democratic control over.

I'm not a proponent of nationalisation, but I am a proponent of breaking up Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and possibly others (I'm sticking to technology for now) to severely limit their power and influence. The products and services these companies create have become too important and too vital to the functioning of our society, and they should be treated as such.

It wouldn't be the first time we, as society, decide a certain product has become too vital to leave in corporations' unrestricted hands.

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How I view this
by Megol on Tue 5th Sep 2017 15:37 UTC
Megol
Member since:
2011-04-11

An absolute nobody see an opportunity to get some free PR + gather sympathy for himself and his worth-nothing company.

The reasonable thing would perhaps be to contact Google? Nah, to easy - and it's cool to be a virtual martyr instead of leader of an useless company that provides no innovation in a stagnant world of shit software.

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RE: How I view this
by Licaon_Kter on Tue 5th Sep 2017 20:04 in reply to "How I view this"
Licaon_Kter Member since:
2010-03-19

Did you read? It took them 3 months of discussions to "modify their site to Google liking" WTF?

Innovation? All these "normal features" of every modern browser were invented by Opera under this guy's leadership FFS!

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