Jaron Lanier on China and Google

     |    Tuesday, der 26. January 2010

“The interesting thing is, the Chinese government and Google have very similar goals: they both want total control over communications, and neither offers a viable solution for the future.” says Jaron Lanier, internet pioneer and digital culture critic, in a fascinating interview in the Suedeutschen Zeitung, a German newspaper. Read the entire interview (in German only) here.

Lanier’s new book, “You Are Not a Gadget”, is a convincing manifesto that critiques so-called “hive thinking” and “digital Maoism”. He warns against overvaluing open-source software, and makes a case against the demand for cost-free information, which he reminds us is ‘cost-free’ only at the expense of creative individuals and their creativity.