A five minute Google outage equals a big dip in internet traffic

9 thoughts on “A five minute Google outage equals a big dip in internet traffic”

  1. I’m a big fan of all my Google tools and my Android devices, but there are some interesting philosophical questions that start popping up when this sort of thing happens. As Google becomes the primary intermediary for internet access for more and more people, is there ever a point at which Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders? What would that point look like? How would we know we had arrived upon it?

    1. Jack C

      We have been heading to this Internet centralization for a very long time. It is unfortunate but true. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen again, for Google is truly redefining the scale of it all.

  2. “Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders”

    So by all means, let’s seize it and hand it over to the executive branch of government which has exactly *one* elected official (out of millions of armed and unarmed loyalists) and which already controls trillions in wealth (largely created by the 80%+ of Americans not of the political class) and which has systematically confiscated the interest-rate-based earning power of all dollar savings, for over a decade.

    And, by the way, a big hi to the NSA.

    I think we should leave Google with its shareholders (they already do the Feds’ bidding in extremis, anyway).

  3. “Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders”

    That is a very interesting statement, think of all of the ways that it could go.

    I have honestly imagined Google being brought up in a house committee for questioning about being a monopoly. I would laugh so hard if they addressed one of the house members as “The esteemed fellow from xxxxxxx state that likes to look at bdsm porn”.

    As much as the NSA knows about us, Google does too. They know who we call from our Android phones, they know what emails we get, and they know what we search for. Its kind of scary to think with the google fiber people, they even know what they like to watch on tv. Soon Android will be in cars (I saw Mercedes is testing out Google glasses) they will know where we drive then. At what point will they use our information for the “public good”?

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