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The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’

The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’
Photo “THE New Digital Age” is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power in the 21st century. This idiom reflects the ever closer union between the State Department and Silicon Valley, as personified by Mr. Schmidt, the executive chairman of , and Mr. Cohen, a former adviser to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton who is now director of Google Ideas. The authors met in occupied Baghdad in 2009, when the book was conceived. The book proselytizes the role of technology in reshaping the world’s people and nations into likenesses of the world’s dominant superpower, whether they want to be reshaped or not. “The New Digital Age” is, beyond anything else, an attempt by Google to position itself as America’s geopolitical visionary — the one company that can answer the question “Where should America go?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/opinion/sunday/the-banality-of-googles-dont-be-evil.html

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The Essayification of Everything The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. Lately, you may have noticed the spate of articles and books that take interest in the essay as a flexible and very human literary form. These include “The Wayward Essay” and Phillip Lopate’s reflections on the relationship between essay and doubt, and books such as “How to Live,” Sarah Bakewell’s elegant portrait of Montaigne, the 16th-century patriarch of the genre, and an edited volume by Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French called “Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time.” The essayist samples more than a D.J.: a loop of the epic here, a little lyric replay there, all with a signature scratch on top. It seems that, even in the proliferation of new forms of writing and communication before us, the essay has become a talisman of our times.

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Google announces a new Cloud platform Google recently announced new and improved Cloud platform offerings. For businesses regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) or Gramm Leach Bliley Acts (“GLBA”), moving data to the Cloud is not something to be taken lightly. HIPAA and GLBA place a heavy emphasis on the protection of sensitive customer or patient information. In reviewing Google’s white paper detailing the security of the offering, it was interesting to note the following language: In addition to a full-time information security team, Google also maintains several functions focused on complying with statutory and regulatory compliance worldwide. Google has a Global Compliance function that is responsible for legal and regulatory compliance as well as a Global Internal Audit function responsible for reviewing and auditing adherence to said compliance requirements, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Payment Card Industry standards (PCI).

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