Two savvy treats on one day. Jeremy Keith takes a general look at the power of internet companies in his post on. Tim Bray focuses specifically on the utility that is Google Maps in his post
Jeremy: Going back to the opening examples of online blackouts, was it morally wrong for companies to use their power to influence politics? Or would it have been morally wrong for them not to have used their influence?
Tim: Call me crazy, but I’d pass legislation to keep Google from doing what they’re doing. They should be able to sell space on the maps, and they should be able to provide quality filters, and collect feedback on reviews and downgrade or upgrade them accordingly. But no damn way should they own the map and the crowdsourced value-adds on the map.
No collusion, I'm sure, just two smart people addressing their concerns about good behaviour by those who make and use the web.