The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own ideas, one's opinion of another's idea, to advocate or to disassociate with the collective views of other speakers, to associate locally and globally is unprecedented in history. This precious Internet freedom is, however, volatile around the world.
The privacy revolt is starting, and as more consumers become fed up with unsolicited ads and questionable marketing techniques, they'll turn to tools that help them protect their privacy and ultimately keep you from marketing to them at all. Take steps now to protect your customers -- and your business.
The day after some worldwide delinking starts being implemented, nothing will stop undemocratic and illiberal places from hosting a search engine that provides links to all information anyway. It would be ironic if we were to find information using a search engine based in North Korea because it were more complete than the local ones.
If you own a 90 percent market share, or in some countries even more than that, you are de facto the entry gate to the digital world. If you then decide to discriminate against competitors, or favor your own products over everyone else's -- even when the quality is inferior and without full transparency to the users -- this is an unhealthy market situation.
While our tech giants might stonewall the U.S. government in its efforts to keep tabs on its citizens, it violates the privacy of those very citizens every day for profit, and no one can stop them. They are, in effect, becoming a commercial version of the NSA minus even the goal of doing it to protect our security.
So, like every other one of the world's 1.28 billion monthly Facebook users, you blindly agreed to Facebook's Terms and Conditions without reading the fine print.