19 Feb '13, 11am

Identity vs Irrelevance: “Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked hig...

“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.” - Eric Schmidt Authoritarian Regimes & Data Mining One wonders how Mr. Schmidt can balance the above statement along with warning about authoritarian governments . And the risks from such data mining operations are not just in "those countries over there." The ad networks that hire lobbyists to change foreign privacy laws do so such that they can better track people the globe over and deliver higher paying ads. (No problem so long as they don't catch you on a day you are down and push ads for a mind numbing psychotropic drug with suicidal or homicidal side effects.) And defense contractors are fast...

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