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- Santo Domingo
- Dominican Republic
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Is Google's Voice-to-Twitter service launch in Egypt a foreign intervention in a domestic conflict?
At the height of the protests, Mashable reported that "Google Launches Voice-to-Twitter Service To Help Protesters in Egypt".
Love the initiative... however it raises so many questions (love all of them):
Does this count as corporate intervention in a foreign domestic conflict?
Should Google be considered as a business or is it time we qualify them as a "State" and therefore in violation of the UN General Assembly's 36/103 Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States?
Google is a private publicly traded company with business interests in the region and the country and the outcomes. Its business is hurt by the Egyptian's government control of access to the Internet. Is it ethical to intervene in a conflict (domestic, international or third party) when you have a business interest in the outcome?
Does this mean that Google is supporting Egypt's "freedom fighters"?
We've been playing with the notion of "corporate states" for so long -- and Google's budget and impact is significantly larger than more than half the countries in the planet... perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to analyze its implications...
If the enabling technology for citizen journalism came from an open source movement, we wouldn't have these questions... but it is Google and they have a business interest in the outcome.
In any case, I think it's great what they are doing, and better to intervene with social media and twitter than with guns and money that ends up in the hands of guerrillas, arm traffickers and drug dealers...