The SXSW 2014 event transpired and Eric Schmidt along with Jared Cohen were present on the occasion. Eric Schmidt spoke about the Internet and how it was a better idea to enter and manipulate it rather than being against it. He was talking about the dictators of the world.
The examples of countries such as Iran or China come to mind. The former planned on starting its own state-run isolated Net. As for the latter, it was infiltrating the Internet as a way of getting back at free content.
Schmidt said that he was also cognizant of the American government snooping around in Google’s private affairs. He stated quite clearly that he was sure that now there were no eyes of a Big Brother staring over Google’s functioning status.
“The very fact that they did this was very suspicious to us,” Schmidt said. “The solution to this is to encrypt data at multiple points of source. We now use 2048-bit encryption. We switch the keys at every session. We’re pretty sure that any information that’s inside of Google is safe from the government’s prying eyes, including the U.S. government’s.”
Schmidt mentioned the recent riots after Google’s employees drove rent rates up where they lived. This gentrification was a sad fact. Schmidt realized that technology had not eradicated poverty and he felt that capitalism could do a better job than what it was currently doing.
The man who pretty much runs the day to day affairs of Google said that NSA dissidents such as Edward Snowden may cause copycat cases to arise as others try to emulate him. And for this the media was responsible since it had portrayed him as a hero.
“We went to visit with Julian Assange, and both of us felt that who gets to decide what information is public is a pretty fundamental issue in democracy,” Schmidt said. “I don’t think we want random people leaking large amounts of data. I don’t think that serves society.”
However, Schmidt was positively smug about the triumph of freedom of information in the future since the Net would expand to include the global village in its ambit. The acid test was whether the technology and humanity would proceed in tandem or undergo a falling out. Ultimately, it was a race against time where the best would clash with the worst.