The Great Debate

What Google can learn from the wheelchair

By Rachel Adams
June 11, 2015
Kozlowski and Voigt adjust a ReWalk electric powered exoskeletal suit before therapy session with Samuels at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York

Allan Kozlowski (L), assistant professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital, and Alexandra Voigt, a clinical research coordinator and therapist, adjust a ReWalk electric powered exoskeletal suit before a therapy session with 22-year-old Errol Samuels. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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By Neal Gabler
June 8, 2015
Picture illustration shows a 3D-printed Facebook logo in front of logos of news publishers it has tied up with


3D-printed Facebook logo in front of logos of news publishers it has tied up with to launch ‘Instant Articles,” in this picture illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Vladimir Putin’s censorship agenda targets online giants

By Masha Gessen
June 1, 2015
A Russian flag and a 3D model of the Facebook logo is seen through a cutout of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica

A Russian flag and a 3D model of the Facebook logo is seen through a cutout of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

from Breakingviews:

EU’s competition sprawl as worrying as Google’s

April 15, 2015

EU Competition Commissioner Vestager addresses a news conference in Brussels

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Jack Shafer:

The truth is, you’ve never had the ‘right to be forgotten’

By Jack Shafer
July 15, 2014

An illustration picture shows a Google logo with two one Euro coins

A recent ruling by Europe's top court has given its people a "right to be forgotten." Google and other search engines must now delete "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant, or excessive" information from search queries when a European individual requests it, even when the info is true. This isn't a classic case of censorship: the "offending" pages produced by newspapers and other websites will go untouched. Google and the other search engines just won't be allowed to link to them.

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: ITT’s ghost hangs over Silicon Valley

May 20, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality

By Michael Wolraich
May 4, 2014

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“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: GE should put itself up for sale

April 1, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Jack Shafer:

Who’s afraid of Comcast?

By Jack Shafer
February 19, 2014

Set aside for a moment everything you've read about the $45 billion bid Comcast made for Time Warner Cable last week. Blank from your mind Paul Krugman's prediction that the deal will result in a Comcast monopoly. Pretend you didn't read the New York Times piece about the acquisition presaging further consolidation in the cable market, with Charter Communications picking off Cox Communications. Thump yourself with a neuralyzer, if you can, and remove from your memory the protest against the transaction by Michael Copps, former Federal Communications Commission commissioner.

France says ‘Non’ to the digital age

By Peter Gumbel
January 10, 2014

France has kicked off 2014 with an array of skirmishes against Amazon, Google and other U.S. Internet companies, in what is shaping up as a classic battle between comfortable Gallic tradition and disruptive modernity.