Comments: Regulation Of Search Engines discussion - "Federal Search Commission?"

Because of the fall of IP monopolies (copyright & patent), we are now beginning to debate IP itself, i.e. whether anyone should be permitted to deny the public access to their IP:

1) Corporations and individuals should have privacy.
2) Individuals should have privacy.
3) No-one should have privacy.

(Taking as read that the right to life trumps privacy).

I think 1 falls out of 2. Ipso facto, given privacy is a human right, corporations in comprising human beings are able and thus entitled to commercial secrets (although that doesn't mean they should automatically be able to prosecute employees for leaking them).

Of course, suspicion that Google is biased doesn't constitute evidence.

An obvious remedy would be for the state to purchase Google in order to obtain the IP to its search engine, but that would probably increase suspicion of bias.

It is then left to the people, to produce a collaborative and distributed search engine, using free software so that its bias is visible to all.

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at August 13, 2007 10:34 AM

Oh, and on the subject of "the intellectually consistent liberal solution is saying that corporations aren't persons", I have just proposed such a solution! ;-)

ACACIA: A Corporation And Citizen Isolation Amendment

It's morphic resonance I tell you!

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at August 13, 2007 10:40 AM