Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Perhaps the time has come to recognise this dominant search engine for what it is - a public utility that must be regulated in the public interest.
The argument about keeping away from regulating the internet and the web has always been that the technology is not mature enough or important enough to merit government interference.
Surely, with more than half of UK adults using the net we have reached the point where this argument no longer applies.
A government serious about ensuring that the net benefits society as a whole could start by investigating Google and considering whether we should create Ofsearch, the Office of Search Engines.
Uh-huh... and precisely which government would create this? Which government would be given the power to monitor a search engine used around the whole world? Or are only UK users going to be governmentally protected from the techno-nightmare that is Google and the rest of the world will just have to make do with what we've got? Fuckwit.