Sergey Brin, the American computer scientist and co-founder of Google, has allotted more time to sit down and study over again his interview, including the reactions, with The Guardian that took place earlier this week in an attempt to give overly concerned people a chill pill.
According to the genius internet architect himself, Google currently has several internet enemies, or the Internet has many adversaries.
In his most recent comment on Google+, he made some new comments that read, “I think the article is a pretty good read but is a short summary of a long discussion. My thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage in a way that distracts from my central tenets so I think they are worth clarifying here.”
The Guardian report appeared to make Brin resemble someone who was griping on industry ‘anti-piracy’ campaigns and his smartphone and social networking rivals, which he said was wrong because the comments were exclusively for governments and the way they censor protests.
“Today, the primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent. This has been far more effective than I ever imagined possible across a number of nations. In addition, other countries such as the US have come close to adopting very similar techniques in order to combat piracy and other vices. I believe these efforts have been misguided and dangerous,” he said.
Collating methods on how Apple and Facebook handle their businesses with governments treading down dissidence is unfair, which is not the bottom line of his statement, he added.
“In the interview came the subject of digital ecosystems that are not as open as the web itself and I think this portion has led to some misunderstanding of my views. So to clarify, I certainly do not think this issue is on a par with government based censorship. Moreover, I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed – Apple and Facebook,” he explained.
Although it seemed the firms caused headaches for users and Google alike, he reportedly said, “Facebook has been sucking down Gmail contacts for years,” and in reality, he loves them for what they are doing.
“I have always admired Apple’s products. In fact, I am writing this post on an iMac and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years. Likewise, Facebook has helped to connect hundreds of millions of people, has been a key tool for political expression and has been instrumental to the Arab Spring. Both have made key contributions to the free flow of information around the world,” he carefully elaborated.