Google Big Enough for Fights?
Today we learn of two fights that Google has decided to engage in -- one is with the incumbent telcos that have been threatening to levy fees on Internet service providers (story here). The other is with the Federal government over its fishing expedition to gain data to support their legal contention that an anti-pornography law struck down by the courts should be reinstated (Seattle PI has the story). Both are significant fights and a reasonable question should be raised about Google's ability to succeed in battling these entrenched interests. It was just the other day, after all, that Microsoft was the biggest entity that Google was fighting. Now they want to take on the telecommunications monopolies and the US Government as well? Not that I object! In my opinion, these are the right fights and Google is on the right side of them... All the same, I hope the ACLU and EFF and others step in quickly as we shouldn't be dependent on Google alone to uphold democracy, privacy, and capitalism in our society.