Think ‘Googlitics‘: Google meets politics. Googlers opened their internal discussions on public policy to the public in a fascinating exercise in glasnost.
This came closely before tonight’s WNYC broadcast of an On The Media public radio feature story (with podcast) on how that Web media giant maintains fairness in covering those to whom it sells political ads. Since Google now has viewership rivaling the MSM (Main Stream Media), yet very, very little depth in journalism, it’s good to see months of frank discussion inside Google showing how they develop their ideas of fairness and equity in news coverage.
It’s terrific that what Googlers see as right, wrong, good, bad and (of course) evil, is now open for all to see in their public policy blog. Naturally, there’s preoccupation on the subject of H-1B visas and Net Neutrality, both of which Google has a big financial stake in exploiting.
They’re also inviting presidential contenders, such as Senators John McCain and Hilary Clinton, to the Google Campus to talk to them.
What does the Google public policy log tell you about the future of the Web? Does this glasnost improve their ability to influence public policy for more visas for foreign workers and for Net Neutrality? Is this a useful tool or the latest corporate fashion? Would your company or agency function better with this degree of openness? Join the discussion.