The Country Russia and the Company Google: Fair Fight?

May 25, 2021

Sergey Brin’s flight to space did not blast off. Now it seems that Google’s business is mired in a mere nation state’s regulatory bureaucracy. What’s galactic Google to do when a country refuses to be Googley? “Russia Orders Google to Delete Illegal Content or Face Slowdowns” states that Russia’s:

Roskomnadzor internet commission gave the company 24 hours to delete more than 26,000 instances of what it’s classifying as illegal content. If Google doesn’t comply with the order, it could face fines valued at up to 10 percent of its annual revenue, in addition to seeing its services slowed down within the country. The agency has also accused Google of censoring Russian media outlets, including state-owned entities like RT and Sputnik.

Google played a mean game of Boogalah in Australia. I am not sure which combatant triumphed. The upcoming content with the Bear may be more challenging than tossing around a ball covered in kangaroo skin. Hockey and vodka drinking are among the more popular sports in Yakutsk I have heard.

Will Sundar Pichai travel to Russia and perhaps bond with Mr. Putin when he goes camping or horse back riding? I can visualize the two bonding over a camp fire or enjoying a ride about 150 miles northeast of Moscow.

The article explains that Russia has been less than thrilled with some US high technology companies. Furthermore, the country’s government remains squarely focused on earth and has not been willing to kneel before outfits which are galactic.

Getting into a dust up with Russia might be a reason to hire someone to check food deliveries to the Googleplex.

Stephen E Arnold, May 28, 2021


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