Thursday, December 09, 2010

How can we contribute to freedom?

What can we do to help Google, Bing, and other search engines avoid and if necessary mitigate the possibilities of future government attempts to mutate them from honest indexers of Internet data into government information control puppets?

The first thing you can do is to stop using the Quisling companies that folded at the first sign of government pressure -- and tell them so, and tell your own audience so.

The strongest motivation you can give a company like Google or Bing is for its customers to be solidly behind it in principled action, and opposed to any unprincipled action.

Since in the twisted ad-based economics of the Intertubes, most of us aren't Google's or Bing's customers, that ties our hands somewhat.

But we *are* customers of Amazon, PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard. Those are the companies that currently deserve our scorn and don't deserve our money. If they got a flood of complaints -- and most important, a visibly lowered business during this wonderful holiday season -- then some of them might recant.
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