As a former Google employee, I always took the â€œDonâ€™t Be Evilâ€ mantra as a sincere gesture to be taken with a grain of salt. Â The slogan was a reminder of the companyâ€™s humble and idealistic beginnings, but not an iron-clad indication of its post-IPO mindset. Â After all, a corporation open to accommodating censorship in China is willing to put practical limits on principles that hit the bottom line too hard.
Many long-time Google advocates were surprised and disappointed with last weekâ€™s Google/Verizon net neutrality proposal, and I was among them. Â While the company defends the move as a necessary practical decision given political realities, it in many ways marks the completion of Googleâ€™s gradual transition from wunderkind start-up to new-millennium corporate superpower. Â Continue reading “Did Google abandon net neutrality?”