C. Warren Axelrod

Google Doing Harm

As we all know, Google’s motto is (was?) “Do no harm” … which, it appears, they took directly from the modern version of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, which states that the physician will “… abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous.” Note also “mischievous,” dear Google. Being “cool” doesn’t necessarily mean being harmless.

However, there is increasing evidence that Google is doing much harm, albeit perhaps often inadvertently or unintentionally. And ironically it is being rewarded despite it, as evidenced by having its CEO Eric Schmidt as a member of president-elect Obama’s “Brain Trust” displayed across the front page of the November 8-9, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Let us hope that such very capable chief executives as Schmidt begin to take on more social responsibility as they gain prominence as advisors to our nation’s leaders.

One Comment

  1. Craig Heath Dec 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    > As we all know, Google’s motto is (was?) “Do no harm”

    We don’t all know that, because Google’s motto is (and was) “Don’t be evil” (see http://investor.google.com/conduct.html) which is not the same thing.

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