by Ben Cohen
A fascinating row is heating up over Google’s plan for the world’s biggest online library. Is the search engine giant genuinely interested in benefiting the public, or is it a ploy to extend its online dominance disguised as philanthropy?
As far as I can tell, the answer really isn’t clear. Google maintains it is simply following its ‘Do No Harm’ mantra and providing a useful service for mankind, but others believe a for profit company should have no place organizing the world’s intellectual resources. While I usually side with the latter argument, if no one else is attempting to do it, then I can’t see the harm.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.