Goolge CEO Eric Schmidt said, at a conference yesterday in South Korea, that the web is a force for democracy.
“Politicians will be forced to be more transparent,” PC World reported Schmidt said.
“Internet tools like search ultimately help make the world a better place, allowing more people to access information that affects their lives and make smarter choices when voting for officials. “More people looking at an idea results in a better outcome,” Schmidt said, calling the Internet a “powerful force for democracy.”
While Schmidt preaches the value of greater information access for democracy, Google hasn’t always been so free with information about itself. Relative to many of its competitors, the company has earned a reputation for carefully managing the release of information about its activities and executives, even as it compiles reams of personal information about its users.”