Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted

Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted the CEO of Alphabet and Google sundar pichai, has warned that the free and open internet is under threat around the world, with numerous countries impeding information flow

In an interview he said that many countries are controlling the flow of information and that the approach is frequently taken for granted. 

Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted

Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted-

“I think a free and open internet is a tremendous force for good and we take it for granted a bit,” the Google CEO told BBC. “In each country now there is a debate what speech is OK and what should be allowed… in some ways I think we pull back from the bigger picture (which is that) many countries around the world are restricting the flow of information and drawing much more rigid boundaries,” he said. He also said that countries with strong democratic traditions and values should stand up against the potential fragmenting of the internet.

The Google CEO’s comments come shortly after India passed new IT rules that require social media platforms to appoint a grievance officer and also to reveal the first originator of a message if the platform has more than 50 lakh users. Last month Google published its monthly transparency report in compliance with the rules. However, the company has also argued noting that the new IT rules do not apply to Google’s search engine.

Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted


Pichai also addressed controversies around tax, privacy and data and said that artificial intelligence is the “most profound technology” — even more profound than fire, electricity or the internet. Pichai said that over the next quarter of the century, the two developments that will revolutionise the world are artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

“[Quantum] is not going to work for everything. There are things for which the way we do computing today would always be better. But there are some things for which quantum computing will open up an entire new range of solutions.”

Sundar Pichai says free and open internet is under threat, taken for granted

Quantum computing looks beyond states of matter, that is 1 and 2 and works on a subatomic level where matter can behave differently. Quantum computers are built on qubits, which factor in the probability of matter being in one of the various states, the report noted.

The Tamil Nadu-born CEO of both Google and its parent company Alphabet also said that India is deeply rooted in him and a big part of who he is. “I’m an American citizen but India is deeply within me. So it’s a big part of who I am,” Pichai said.

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