on July 11, 2015
An interesting read to be sure, and can certainly have an impact on ones perception of the search giant. As it is a published book, not surprisingly it deals with some older issues/technologies that Google no longer even implements. As such, it could use a refresh but it's near impossible to keep up with the pace of change. Overall an enlightening look at some of the issues of privacy and technology plaguing our society.
This book is not a grouchfest about Google. Rather its a well thought out investigation and weighing of the consequences of the behemoth Google has become. Vaidyanathan favours public action, especially the action of universities, etc., so those who find fault will probably have a lot of places to start. However, he does raise the point that Google has only been around for a short time, is a private company that needs to make money, and therefore actions in the interest of the public should probably be managed somewhere else. Just because Google is the first one willing to do them, doesn't mean Google should be the party taking action.