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Frank Pasquale writes:

... A collective commitment to privacy may be far more valuable than a private, transactional approach that all but guarantees a "race to the bottom."The big question, of course, is whether such rules would effectively "cripple" innovative companies like Google and prevent the development of interfaces like Gmail. Here, I can only suggest that we watch what Europe does. For example, its privacy regulators led the way in requiring certain concessions of Google, and those do not appear to have crippled the company. My main point is just that to the extent we want privacy, it may be something that can only be achieved collectively -- by its very nature it may well be a good that is impossible for the market to provide, because the very act of bargaining for it in some ways lessens its value (by suggesting, however errantly, that the bargainer has something to hide..

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This blog, the result of a collaboration between myself and the Institute for the Future of the Book, is dedicated to exploring the process of writing a critical interpretation of the actions and intentions behind the cultural behemoth that is Google, Inc. The book will answer three key questions: What does the world look like through the lens of Google?; How is Google's ubiquity affecting the production and dissemination of knowledge?; and how has the corporation altered the rules and practices that govern other companies, institutions, and states? [more]

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Like the Mind of God (22 posts)

All the World's Information (26 posts)

What If Big Ads Don't Work (10 posts)

Don't Be Evil (9 posts)

Is Google a Library? (43 posts)

Challenging Big Media (18 posts)

The Dossier (19 posts)

Global Google (3 posts)

Google Earth (3 posts)

A Public Utility? (19 posts)

About this Book (16 posts)

Other books by Siva:


Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)

The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004)

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Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001)


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