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Google fears for employee safety in web crackdowns

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Jun 2011 0:47 User comments (4)

Google fears for employee safety in web crackdowns Eric Schmidt tells summit in Dublin that ongoing unrest in middle east might put employees in danger.
The Google chairman was speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin on Monday, in which he warned about the desire for oppressive regimes to crackdown on the Internet as it helps to fuel and sustain uprisings and resistance movements in the middle east.

"The reason is that as the technology becomes more pervasive and as the citizenry becomes completely wired and the content gets localised to the language of the country, it becomes an issue like television," Schmidt said. "If you look at television in most of these countries, television is highly regulated because the leaders, partial dictators, half dictators or whatever you want to call them understand the power of television imagery to keep their citizenry in some bucket."

Wael Ghonim, a Google executive, was previously detained and blindfolded for two weeks during the protests in Egypt that eventually led to the fall of Mubarak from power. Schmidt pointed out that Google has staff in countries where it is illegal to do things that Google actually encourages.

For that reason, he warned that employees of firms like Google in countries with uprisings or resistance movements forming, could be targeted and jailed at the order of the regimes in power.

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128.6.2011 4:02

Rent-a-Cop, Works wonders.


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228.6.2011 11:19

Originally posted by DXR88:
Rent-a-Cop, Works wonders.
Hiring folks like Black Water might get you more than you bargained for and then on the flip side, do you 'really' want to put your life in the hands of an individual who was the lowest bidder?

328.6.2011 19:32

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Rent-a-Cop, Works wonders.
Hiring folks like Black Water might get you more than you bargained for and then on the flip side, do you 'really' want to put your life in the hands of an individual who was the lowest bidder?
There are many militia's besides Black Water willing do do the bidding of another. Google could always insert a Defense Policy in these Backwater Countries...but then Google would be the one that gets full blame should a firefight incur with said Brainless troops of XYZ Dictator.


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429.6.2011 12:23

Now, now DXR88, don't start getting wormy... I'm well aware there are more security contractors than 'just' Blackwater (I've been misspelling it too) I was just mentioning them because they're high profile. I don't have a contract with them, nor am I paid to do their advertising. I'm just not interested in finding all the obscure names of the groups mentioned in Soldier of Fortune that most folks wouldn't have a clue about anyway.

And yes, that was my point. Hiring (basically mercenaries) garners a whirlwind of different labels onto your company, personnel & person when all you're trying to do is cover your butt. Not to mention, you'll somehow be held responsible for their actions when something goes wrong. Even though you're not the security expert. Something Google definitely doesn't want a taste of right now.

I wouldn't want to be in any of their shoes at the moment either.

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