Google’s Sundar Pichai Warns of Threats to Internet Freedom in Countries, Telecom News, ET Telecom
In an interview with the BBC on Monday, the Google boss said that “many countries restrict the flow of information, and the model is often taken for granted.” He also addressed controversies over taxation, privacy and data and argued that “artificial intelligence runs deeper than fire, electricity or the internet”.
Referring to the different laws followed in countries regarding online content which creates “different internets” for different countries, “… it’s more a step back … I think a free and open internet is a tremendous force for good and we take it a bit for granted … “he said in response to a question about” different Internets “- a reference to countries with increasingly disparate laws on online content and what type is “offensive”.
“In each country there is now a debate about what is correct and what should be allowed … in some ways I think we are pulling out of the big picture (i.e. ) many countries in the world are restricting the flow of information and drawing much more rigid boundaries, ”he said in an exclusive interview with the BBC at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
Recalling his roots, the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, born in Tamil Nadu, said that India is deeply rooted in him and part of who he is.
“I’m an American citizen but India is deep within me. So that’s a big part of who I am,” Pichai said.
He also urged “countries with strong democratic traditions and values” to stand up against the potential fragmentation of the internet while addressing the BBC.
Pichai’s comment comes as social media platforms, news editors, OTT websites and search engines (like Google) grapple with new laws introduced by the Indian government.