For many years, the Microsoft Corporation has been the designated "evil corporation" of the technology universe. Some of that reputation was probably earned, but much was just hyperbole directed at a very successful software company.
Whether any of this evil talk is warranted is a matter of some debate, but it is apparent that many technology professionals are concerned about the power these companies are able to wield, while even more are worried that there is not enough concern.
Part of the problem may be that there is no consensus on what constitutes "evil" when it comes to corporate policies and actions. Is sharing your Web surfing history with third-party marketers evil, or is tracking your surfing in the first place the problem? Why is either a problem? What is the evil being done and are we concerned about these questions as much as we should be?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.