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Zelfregulering door Google: een stap in de goede richting?

| 25-09-2012

Eigenaar van werelds grootste internetzoekmachine Google heeft aangekondigd dat zij meer dan 200 veranderingen in hun zoekalgoritmes gaan aanbrengen om de goede (lees: legitieme) zoekresultaten te kunnen blijven leveren. Deze veranderingen houden onder meer in dat het aantal verwijderverzoeken vanwege auteursrechtelijke inbreuken voor bepaalde content wordt geteld. Pagina’s die aan het zoekalgoritme voldoen, zullen volgens Google lager worden geplaatst in de zoekresultaten. Speelt Google hier voor de internet-cop of is er meer aan de hand? En wat is het alternatief?

Can Goliath lock David into its Cloud?

| 20-09-2010

A recent study from KPMG listed the threat of vendor lock-in as one of the reasons CIOs hesitate sending their companies’ data into the cloud. Walter van Holst and Mike Chung followed that report up with their in-depth look at the difficulties with which CIOs are faced by that phenomenon.

As I wrote in a recent article in Computable.nl,, we are gradually building up some experience in Cloud Computing which is permitting companies to evaluate the risks based upon the experience of others rather than on pure hype. We now begin to see areas in which even smaller “Davids” might be able to find room to negotiate when they face the “Goliaths” of the Cloud Computing world.

“Containing” net neutrality

| 18-08-2010

In May, I blogged about the trans-Atlantic battle heating up over “net neutrality” over the Internet. In the US, the game just got hotter: despite a statement last week apparently to the contrary, Google is rumored to be closing a deal with the big US network operator Verizon that many think will have its data delivered to consumers ahead of its competition. If this deal goes through (and passes regulatory scrutiny there), then it would no doubt also have a future impact on how we access the Internet in Europe.

While on the one hand, Google strongly professes support for net neutrality, and in fact last week, even issued a joint statement with Verizon to that (somewhat watered-down) effect, on the other hand, the rumor is that Google plans an end run around this position. If the rumor is correct, Google would deposit containers of its servers in a Verizon parking lot (or other handy place) to enable them to get closer to Google’s users. This would allegedly permit fewer Internet ‘hops’ between user and Google, reduce the latency and thus speed up Google’s service as compared to Verizon’s other content provider-customers. In this way, Google would hope to ‘contain’ its apparent turnaround in positions.

Putting aside the debate about whether Google has sold out, then — if the rumor is true — (a) the network operators will be handed the same kind of commercial power that they would claim were net neutrality abandoned and (b) the scramble for space by content providers in Verizon’s (and other network operators’) “parking lots” could become a nightmare. In short, it would just move the debate from the regulatory to the real estate arena.

At this point, one thing appears certain: Google has apparently thrown in the towel on preserving net neutrality on wireless networks. Given the fact that in recent years wireless networks have become ever more attractive and widespread compared to fixed-line service, net neutrality supporters see this as a major defeat.

Making matters worse, the FCC (the US regulator in this area) seems to have thrown in the towel altogether. That seems to have alarmed at least four US Members of the House of Representatives who have now fired off a strong letter to the FCC this week urging them to get back into the game and to prevent what’s left of net neutrality from crumbling further. The letter brushes aside the Google/Verizon-attempt to define the debate and directly rebuts Google’s suggestion that wireless should in any way be treated differently from fixed-line services.

Lesson? Where Google and Verizon go, European providers and network operators are sure to follow. I wouldn’t unhook that fixed-line connection to your network operator just yet. 

In May, I blogged about the trans-Atlantic battle heating up over “net neutrality” over the Internet. In the US, the game just got hotter: despite a statement last week apparently to the contrary, Google is rumored to be closing a deal with the big US network operator Verizon that many think will have its data delivered to consumers ahead of its competition. If this deal goes through (and passes regulatory scrutiny there), then it would no doubt also have a future impact on how we access the Internet in Europe.

While on the one hand, Google strongly professes support for net neutrality, and in fact last week, even issued a joint statement with Verizon to that (somewhat watered-down) effect, on the other hand, the rumor is that Google plans an end run around this position. If the rumor is correct, Google would deposit containers of its servers in a Verizon parking lot (or other handy place) to enable them to get closer to Google’s users. This would allegedly permit fewer Internet ‘hops’ between user and Google, reduce the latency and thus speed up Google’s service as compared to Verizon’s other content provider-customers. In this way, Google would hope to ‘contain’ its apparent turnaround in positions.

Putting aside the debate about whether Google has sold out, then — if the rumor is true — (a) the network operators will be handed the same kind of commercial power that they would claim were net neutrality abandoned and (b) the scramble for space by content providers in Verizon’s (and other network operators’) “parking lots” could become a nightmare. In short, it would just move the debate from the regulatory to the real estate arena.

At this point, one thing appears certain: Google has apparently thrown in the towel on preserving net neutrality on wireless networks. Given the fact that in recent years wireless networks have become ever more attractive and widespread compared to fixed-line service, net neutrality supporters see this as a major defeat.

Making matters worse, the FCC (the US regulator in this area) seems to have thrown in the towel altogether. That seems to have alarmed at least four US Members of the House of Representatives who have now fired off a strong letter to the FCC this week urging them to get back into the game and to prevent what’s left of net neutrality from crumbling further. The letter brushes aside the Google/Verizon-attempt to define the debate and directly rebuts Google’s suggestion that wireless should in any way be treated differently from fixed-line services.

Lesson? Where Google and Verizon go, European providers and network operators are sure to follow. I wouldn’t unhook that fixed-line connection to your network operator just yet.

Cloud Computing in trouble door privacy?

| 01-07-2010

Op de halfjaarlijkse ledenvergadering van Nederlandse Vereniging voor Informatietechnologie en Recht (NVvIR) werd het thema Cloud Computing besproken. Een aantal sprekers bogen zich over de verschillende technische, ethische en juridische aspecten rondom dit onderwerp. Ik heb er een tal van lessen uit getrokken en die wil ik graag met jullie delen.

Gone Google: computing in the cloud. Een kwestie van vertrouwen?

| 18-03-2010

Recent woonde ik een gecombineerde netwerkbijeenkomst van Software~VOC en SaaS~Cloud Netwerk met het thema “ICT 2010 – 2020 en de visie hierop van Microsoft, Google en Gartner” bij waar vele ICT-professionals aanwezig waren die zich wilden laten voorlichten over de betekenis van SaaS, PaaS en Cloud computing voor hun (toekomstige) bedrijfsvoering.

Ik bespreek graag een aantal interessante zaken met u.

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