Team 5 Keywords

Censorship - The act of changing or suppressing speech or writing that is considered subversive of the common good (Merriam-Webster).

The phrase censorship is important to consider because of its relevance here in the United States, compared to its much stronger presence in other countries like China (which Google deals with directly). The act of censoring or suppressing a person’s speech has always been directly argued against in the United States because of our Constitution’s First Amendment: Freedom of Speech. Censoring enables someone with a higher power to decide what can and cannot be said in a public way. The idea of censorship is largely present in Vaidhyanathan’s book because it is such an obvious concern and ongoing problem for Google’s company. In the United States, censorship tends to occur only in cases where objectionable material is openly visible. Examples of censorship Vaidhyanathan gives in Google’s defense usually deal with cases of nudity, violence, or bullying—such as the video of an autistic child being bullied on the Italian version of YouTube in 2006 (116). In order to keep Google users content and willing to continue their relationship with the company, Google must be active in censoring out searches that might result in pornography or malware—but for the good of the users. Google must deal strongly with the idea of censorship because of their involvement with other countries that have different government policies, such as China. In order to operate in China (with the Chinese version of their website, human rights advocates argued for years that Google made itself a part of China’s government’s structures and oppression, passively allowing censorship in the country (120).
Hailey Watkins

Invade - To enter for conquest or plunder (Merriam-Webster).

Many of the arguments in The Googlization of Everything concern the idea that technology is becoming invasive. Therefore, the term invasion is key in the discussion of the direction technology is headed during our lifetime. The definition of invasion is central to the idea that technology is becoming less stand-alone and more a part of who we are as people. It's especially important to consider exactly what we consider to be an invasion, and where we should draw the line where invasion is accepted as a part of the technology and the advantages it provides.

Has the definition of privacy changed or only its value? Emily Nussbaum wrote in New York magazine that younger people (referring to our generation) act if privacy doesn't exist. And because of the surveillanced world that we live into day, are the sane ones when it comes to our views on privacy and not the people that are delusional in thinking that it still exists. Then you have the 2010 Facebook uproar over Facebook allowing what you purchased online to show up on people's news feed. What Vaidhyanathan argues is that what we are complaining about when we complain of lack of privacy is actually our lack over the control our reputations. (93)