Web keeps bent politicians honest, says Google boss
Bigs up Russia as next Silicon Valley
Google supremo Eric Schmidt reckons that the internet is making politics work better, telling business leaders at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC conference in Honolulu that the web keeps governments of the world honest.
Speaking on Saturday, Schmidt said that the ability of whistleblowers to report crimes, document atrocities and ramble around on social networks was revolutionising politics and globally holding the powerful to account.
“In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest,” he said, adding that “whistleblowing has never been so easy".
"There are no caves online," he said.
Oh, and Russia will be the next Silicon valley, Schmidt reportedly added: he reckons Russia was posed to become a qualified labour and intellectual hub for international IT companies.
Russia is building a science park outside Moscow called the Skolkovo Innovation Centre Project, which is expected to hold approximately 30,000 people who will live and work there developing new space and telecom products and biotech and nuclear technologies. Skolkovo aims to attract tech start-ups and has already raked in funding from Microsoft.
Roll on Silicon Steppe. ®
"the internet is making politics work better"
have yet to see the results.
"Google supremo Eric Schmidt reckons that the internet is making politics work better, telling business leaders at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC conference in Honolulu that the web keeps governments of the world honest."
I guess he looks at the millions and millions of dollars Google spends annually on lobbyists, and at the return on investment that Google gets for employing the wife of David Cameron's top adviser (Rachel Whetstone), and surely many others, and he sees that it is good, and feels that the true measure of good government and politics work is how effectively they are furthering Google's corporate goals.
Well that's pretty much how one would expect a sociopath like Schmidt to look at things, now isn't it?
Shut up, Eric
You're just embarrassing yourself. Isn't it about time you left to spend more time with your money?