Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Public Policy Blog - bought to you by...Google?

Nobody would disagree that companies in the First World have too much power. But I have to admit it takes chutzpah to come out and publicly recommend that governments can use the policy that a corporation itself puts out, when the government is creating rules, regulations or public policy on the field of industry that the self-same corporation is involved in.

Which brings us to the Google Public Policy Blog. Since regulation of online space is still an evolving area, a relatively new part of the regulatory infrastructure, the expertise to deal with it may very well be locked up in private companies, and unable to advise or provide consultation to the government.
So Google probably feels its should pipe in with it's own two cents from the corporate search engine perspective. And if it steers public policy in a direction that aids the bottom line of the company itself, then well, what could be the harm in that?

Insinuation aside, one has to admit that Google having a public policy blog does refreshingly put reality right out in the World's face. That reality being that governments have to listen to what the corporate entities of the world want, not necessarily it's vaunted voters and politicians. It brings to the fore the reality that corporations have always been guiding public policy. What voters want is not the highest priority, and the voice of the corporate entity is an unfortunate guiding light on policy.

Google simply putting it out their, stating that these are this mega-corporations recommendations for policy is a statement of reality. People should take this opportunity and try to make their voice the one heard the loudest. Even if they do say people talk but money walks.


Interestingly, Google has a Public Policy Blog for that other regulation producing entity, the European Union.


In other news, the Google public policy blog acknowledges the Pakistani professional class. I'm sure the acknowledgment from Google's representative got the Pakistani's on a minor high. Google's representative got in to meet a Minister. If anyone's educated to Western standards, they can become one in Pakistan as well, if they're willing to be deeply corrupt. The result is that ordinary people can't meet their ministers, but corporate representatives, especially those who travel from abroad can simply walk in.

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