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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Eric Schmidt's keynote at Mobile World Congress 2012 - Chrome demo, internet freedom, and the future [video]
Eric Schmidt speaks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 28, 2012
Thanks to the internet, I was able to see Eric Schmidt's keynote at Mobile World Congress 2012 live, but you can watch it above. Keypoints I recall--
Chrome browser on Android (Ice Cream Sandwich)--most secure browser, fastest browser, and free!
40 nations now censor the internet (Google products are banned in 25 countries). The internet is not broken. Don't "Balkanize" the internet. If governments must regulate, they should regulate only "outcomes" not "today's technology" because technology will change tomorrow (don't hold back technology--unintended cost of regulation is loss of innovation). Operators and Regulators need to "collaborate."
Google is dependent on bandwidth infrastructure. Everytime bandwidth improves, everything gets faster. Your "control" is the "off button." Processing speed will continue to increase, as will bandwidth. Storage costs and hardware costs will continue to decline. There are those who build and those who buy.
The "aspiring majority" is the next 5 billion people who get smartphones and internet access. The internet is like water: good = more connected, more online.
After listening to Eric, I was reminded of Jeff Jarvis' post (excerpt below):
Leave our net alone* « BuzzMachine: "The internet’s not broken. So then why are there so many attempts to regulate it? Under the guises of piracy, privacy, pornography, predators, indecency, and security, not to mention censorship, tyranny, and civilization, governments from the U.S. to France to Germany to China to Iran to Canada — as well as the European Union and the United Nations — are trying to exert control over the internet. . . . I argued in Public Parts that we must have a discussion of the principles of an open society and the tools of publicness that enable it. This is why I wrote Public Parts. And that is why I’m posting the last chapter of the book, which argues that governments and companies are not protectors of the net and that we must be. It’s not broken. Don’t fix it. Leave our net alone."--Jeff Jarvis, February 27th, 2012
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