Posts Tagged ‘search’
Google Seeks the “Right Balance” on the Right To Be Forgotten: “Expert Advisory Council” to Hold Meetings in Europe SoonFriday, July 11th, 2014
[So in five words I’m counting two puns and one subtle jab at the possibility of an absence of balance in this latest unappealable edict handed down from the Court of Justice.]
So here’s the wind-up:
“In May, the Court of Justice of the European Union established a “right to be forgotten.” Today, we published an op-ed by David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, in the U.K.’s The Guardian, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, France’s Le Figaro and Spain’s El Pais, discussing the ruling and our response. We’re republishing the op-ed in full below. -Ed.”
And here’s the pitch – the final two grafs:
“That’s why we’ve also set up an advisory council of experts, the final membership of which we’re announcing today. These external experts from the worlds of academia, the media, data protection, civil society and the tech sector are serving as independent advisors to Google. The council will be asking for evidence and recommendations from different groups, and will hold public meetings this autumn across Europe to examine these issues more deeply. Its public report will include recommendations for particularly difficult removal requests (like criminal convictions); thoughts on the implications of the court’s decision for European Internet users, news publishers, search engines and others; and procedural steps that could improve accountability and transparency for websites and citizens.”
“The issues here at stake are important and difficult, but we’re committed to complying with the court’s decision. Indeed it’s hard not to empathize with some of the requests we’ve seen—from the man who asked that we not show a news article saying he had been questioned in connection with a crime (he’s able to demonstrate that he was never charged) to the mother who requested that we remove news articles for her daughter’s name as she had been the victim of abuse. It’s a complex issue, with no easy answers. So a robust debate is both welcome and necessary, as, on this issue at least, no search engine has an instant or perfect answer.”
“Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer“
Well played, G!
[UPDATE: Hello FaceBookers. Leave a comment if you want – tell me if I got anything wrong…]
My dad used to fly these. I’ve never been so close to one in flight.
Here it is, low and slow over Golden Gate Park heading southwest:
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One assumes it’s an HC-130H out of CGAS Sacramento.
You know, these people:
“When a friend of Sheryl Sandberg’s was looking for a stock image of a female plumber, all she found online were women posing in lingerie and clutching wrenches.”
Mmmm. What if I tried to find stock images of a “female plumber?” Here, take a look, no foolsies.
Well, wrenches, sure, that’s the whole point. Holding a plumber’s wrench = plumber, right?
But “posing in lingerie?” Not so much.
In fact not at all! But this one is close, I ‘spose:
Gentle Reader, I’ll make the impolite suggestion that billionaire* Sheryl Sandberg’s conveniently-unidentified millionaire* friend doesn’t know what she* is doing when she hunts for images online.
Why not sell books and lead by NOT (re)telling lies/stories that don’t add up?
END OF LINE.
Why on Earth Does the SFGov.Org Website Concern Itself with Censorship in China – Isn’t This Off-Message?Monday, December 30th, 2013
Take a look:
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Answer: Yes, it sure as Hell is off-message.
The search engine is one particular of the most popular sites in the planet and its Chinese language version was widely utilised in the nation. Beijing routinely blocks access to websites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, human rights groups and some foreign news organisations like the BBC.”
Flyers Just Posted All Over Town: $5000.00 REWARD – MISSING PERSON – SEAN SIDI – MEDICALLY DEPENDENTTuesday, July 16th, 2013
A reward has just been offered.
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WHEN: July 14, 2013 between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: On Broderick between Fell and Oak opposite Peet’s coffee.
There is parking in the DMV lot
WHAT: Pick up new fliers with the Reward Offering. Receive a location assignment for posting of fliers.
Sidi Friends and the San Francisco Community,
We would like to express our gratitude for all the tremendous support that we have received from you. So many of you have brought us food, donated money, spent hours posting fliers and helped in any way possible. This outpouring of love and kindness has kept us going in the absence of our beautiful son Sean.
We have yet to receive a single clue of Sean’s location. As many of you know, we have placed fliers all over San Francisco, Marin, and some in the East Bay. We have sent search parties from San Francisco all the way to the Oregon border. Last weekend, Claude (Sean’s dad) and two friends flew up to Montana to the Rainbow Gathering. This was a gathering of as many as 10,000 hippies and transient individuals. Some of the Rainbow family were in the park when Sean disappeared and it was speculated that he might be at this gathering. Unfortunately, Sean was not at the event, however, Claude and his friends managed to spread the word and hand out hundreds of photos and fliers.
At this point it is time to bring the search to the next level. We are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Sean’s safe return. We are hoping this will stimulate further interest and some possible solid leads. As a result, we need your help to post these new fliers and help spread this information.
If you are able to help us out, please join us this Sunday, July 14th. We will have 6,000 freshly printed fliers available to distribute. There are specific neighborhoods/locations that we would like to be certain to cover, however, if you prefer you have the option of placing the fliers in your own neighborhood. Be sure to bring a staple gun or tape (or both).
Thank you so very much,
The Sidi Family”
How the Falun Gong Defeated Google – The Shen Yun 2013 “Extravaganza” Plays San Francisco’s Orpheum TheatreThursday, March 21st, 2013
All right, let’s say you’ve heard about the big Shen Yun 2013 show at our Orpheum Theatre and you want to find out a little about it, m’kay?
So you type into Google and this what you get:
What you won’t get is something like this:
Or Yelp reviews neither, like these:
And you certainly won’t find the official Chinese Communist Party (“Socialism, with Chinese Characteristics!”) website on Shen Yun all that easily, oh no:
Cult Studies [Uh, FYI, CCP, your agitprop website looks a little crude, like it’s from your little buddy North Korea, just saying.]
So I guess the lesson to be learned is that if a small group of people want to game Google so that you’ll buy tickets to this show without knowing, in a general way, what it’s about first, then they can.
Things I now know:
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE;
THE BOLD ITALIC IS GANNETT COMPANY, INCORPORATED; and
SHEN YUN 2013 IS FALUN GONG
That’s something to consider when you’re getting the hard sell at San Francisco Costco #144, as seen last week on 10th Street:
Go ahead, Google “Ed Lee” and sure, that’ll cost Ed Lee a little money, as you might expect, but GlaxoSmithKline too will have to pay some coin.
Why GSK would want to target those interested in the Mayor of San Francisco, well, that escapes me…
(Oh, and the first non-sponsored result is wrong. It should say, “SF Mayor Ed Lee says he changes mind…” Cause, like how does the Chronicle know that Ed Lee didn’t plan on running for Mayor as early as, I don’t know, January?)