Google-less

Google (or should I now call it “Alphabet’s Google”?) as a service and as a family of products have essentially taken over the Internet in terms of how many people use it. We’re constantly told to diversify ourselves and never put all our eggs in one basket in every facet of our lives; pensions, banking, news, information etc. Yet when it comes to online presence we’re more than happy to lay ourselves entirely at the doorstep of Mountain View, CA.

For years we’ve said ‘Google it’ instead of ‘Look online for it’. Nobody says that a product is part of ‘The Alphabet Inc. Family’, but a part of ‘The Google Family’, despite the former being truth because of the name recognition alone, and the mindset the brand name evokes. We’re a long way past the days of ‘Don’t be Evil’, and given the recent firing of Jason Damore over his emotionally bland (but factually correct) memo that was circulated internally and then leaked (as an aside, how much is on the table for the person responsible never being fired over this?) alongside the outright, thankfully temporary, Google-wide ban of Jordan B. Peterson, it gives the wary pause for thought.

But it shouldn’t be just the wary that are taken aback by the brashness and blatant leanings that the web’s largest company has, both politically and ideologically; it should be everyone. The poster declaring that ‘You’ve had a bit too much to think!’ is becoming chillingly accurate. Every person that has all of their online eggs in the Google basket should be concerned about the G-Man potentially knocking on your door with the G-Ban.

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Stagnate the Internet.

The “Battle for the Net” day of action was yesterday. A lot of non ISP internet-centric companies, personalities and organisations campaigned hard to get the average user to take action. Forms got filled in, members of the government were called, emailed, spoken to, all in an attempt to avoid the FCC reclassifying the Internet from the ‘utility’ descriptor, and all the associated legalities of being declared a ‘Title II common carrier’. I don’t think that this was a good thing.

I know that I’ve just alienated at least three quarters, if not all, of people that actually read this thing, and enraged a good portion of said alienated people. But what I ask is that you hear me out.

Title II is part of the Communications Act of 1934, and the relevant areas of the act state that, by default, no discrimination can be bought, sought or brought upon services provided by ISPs, when they can be distributed to all people connected to that network.

I would like to begin my explanation by simply stating this: Using an Act that was brought into law, with the same initial provisions, in 1934 is not reflective of the way that the Internet was developed, or exists today, let alone in five, ten or fifty years as part of best efforts of futureproofing. Furthermore, this Act doesn’t have ‘relevant’ or ‘applicable’ protections. They all apply. The same that apply to your phone, electricity provider, gas provider and water provider. In addition to that, your sewage provider is also protected. Also, roller coasters were, for half a decade, declared common carriers in certain states. There are countless ‘common carriers’, that do not have the nuance of the Internet, because the Act, that bears repeating, was written in 1934. The Act is outdated for the protections it is being used to offer.

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Pandemonial Politics.

The last twenty four hours or so have been interesting in the world of politics to say the least. The Conservatives (the party I voted for after a lot of internal struggle) have lost their majority and have now had to form a coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to get the last few seats needed for a functioning minority government. Theresa May, for all her talk of a ‘strong and stable’ government and the need for the british people to ‘strengthen her hand’ for a hard Brexit, has cost the party it’s mandate.

I’m a pragmatist when it comes to politics. I’ve always either voted for or against ideas, or prevalent qualities in the people at the top. I dislike purely voting party lines because it does a disservice to the electorate. I’m not as involved in it as some in my circle of friends and that is down to a combination of choice and frankly a lack of productive time investment in the matter.

My issue with this election, as I find becoming more and more prevalent in the UK political scene at large, is that we’re having to become more focussed at keeping people out than bringing people in. By this, I mean that we needed to keep Labour from taking power. Supposedly nearly three quarters of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote, and this theory is buttressed by the record turnout of just over 68%, the highest since the 1997 election where Tony Blair’s New Labour essentially destroyed the Conservative party at large.

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#LabourMustLose

#LabourMustLose is the only way to secure our country.

This election has given me the most pause I’ve ever had in voting, because Theresa May has some absolutely barking ideas on the internet and online Crypto.

However, the lofty ideas that she has will take longer than a parliament to work through, and you’re damn right I will be calling my MP at every step if she begins down that path. But Brexit right now is paramount, and as I said before, it’s important that we get a total Hard Brexit; anything else isn’t a compromise, it’s a backpedal, and a backpedal on the desires of the voting majority cannot be accepted in a democracy. Look at how the Liberal Democrats have fared since alienating their voter base during the coalition for proof of that.

My sadistic side wants Labour to sieze power, fuck the country in quick succession and have the Tories bail them out for the second time in as many decades to prove to the voting public that the only major party that can be somewhat trusted is the Conservatives. Think for a moment; they called Brexit as an election promise in 2015, they lost that vote and it cost them their leader in Cameron and now they are doing as the country have bid them.

Call them populist if you want, but one must be popular (for various reasons) to win in a democratic election, popular enough to earn favour with the electorate to make the right decision where it matters.

Three reasons why #LabourMustLose:

  1. Their Shadow Chancellor is a self-confessed Marxist. [src]
  2. Jeremy Corbyn believed in the IRA’s struggle for an “Independent Ireland”, and was happy to “commemmorate all those who died fighting” for it, but would happily see our independence from the EU thwarted thanks to lazy wording in Article 50, irrespective of one’s view of the IRA as a terrorist organisation. [src]
  3. Jess Phllips, the MP for Birmingham Yardle, is more interested in calling anyone that doesn’t agree with third wave feminism a mysoginist, while denying sexual dimorphism despite her being elected from an all women shortlist, and called “I wouldn’t even rape you.” a rape threat, spending more time on twitter than she should be running the country. [src/src]

Our only solution to keep Labour out is to put our support behind a bigger dog. That means the Tories, and we keep an eye on every move they make.