by JG Vibes
May 27, 2013
According to The Guardian reports ,Schmidt was asked to remove the extremist websites from Google’s search engines during the Hay festival. Answering a question posed from an impassioned audience member, he said: “I am rather perplexed by this issue. The international tax regime has been around a long time. No rational computer scientist would have erected such a system.” He said that decisions about these matters should be taken by elected governments and not companies. “Under US law we have a fiduciary responsibility to do what we’re doing. We understand the complaint but we can’t fix it. The British government can fix it,” he said.
Schmidt further said that the police can detect extremists through their internet activity as they leave a digital trail and their online presence can sometimes help in tracking them and their pre-planned terrorist activities.
Asked if Google is now more powerful than many countries and whether it in effect operates just like one, Schmidt said it was not an aim of the company. “We’re not becoming a state. We don’t want to be because states have a lot of complicated problems.
“On the whole, it is a fight between the internet community and government who do what they want to do. We can’t force governments to do what we want,” he said.
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