Google's Justin Baird on 'Radically Inclusive Democracy'

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Google's Justin Baird on 'Radically Inclusive Democracy'
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Circus - Battle of Big Thinking
Google’s dominance of the internet is “a
dangerous development for the future of democratic society”, the UK
Government’s digital adviser, Lord David Puttnam, recently warned. Lord
Puttnam said he feared Google could try to “dictate terms” with a future
government, in the same way that oil companies attempted to shape the
policies of previous US administrations.
Needless to say, as a Google employee and certified techno-geek,
Justin Baird doesn’t agree. Instead, he sees the digital revolution as
the greatest explosion of access to information the world has ever seen.
Far from being a bad thing, he argues that the potential for
creativity, the ability to connect and communicate and the ability to
have ones voice heard is driving fundamental societal change. So, is
the digital revolution leading us to a more democratic, more
environmentally and socially conscious future? And better business
models?
This event was a part of the ‘Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity’, held in Sydney.





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Google’s dominance of the internet is “a dangerous development for the future of democratic society”, the UK Government’s digital adviser, Lord David Puttnam, recently warned. Lord Puttnam said he feared Google could try to “dictate terms” with a future government, in the same way that oil companies attempted to shape the policies of previous US administrations. 

Needless to say, as a Google employee and certified techno-geek, Justin Baird doesn’t agree. Instead, he sees the digital revolution as the greatest explosion of access to information the world has ever seen. Far from being a bad thing, he argues that the potential for creativity, the ability to connect and communicate and the ability to have ones voice heard is driving fundamental societal change. So, is the digital revolution leading us to a more democratic, more environmentally and socially conscious future? And better business models?

This event was a part of the ‘Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity’, held in Sydney.

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