There is a lot of talk about regulating Google as a monopoly. The talk is heating up on the right and it mostly has to do with the perception that Google is a hostile leftwing entity. I share many of the concerns about bias and I share many of the concerns about privacy. But Google is not a monopoly and we should not be using monopoly powers to go after companies we do not like.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of other search engines out there. If you don’t like Google you can use Bing. If you don’t like Bing you can use DuckDuckGo. A lot of my friends worried about privacy use the latter.
I don’t use very many of Google’s services. I am an Apple user and use Apple’s apps for word processing and spreadsheets, email, etc. I will use Google for search, but do so primarily because it is so good.
Google is good for search because it has taken the time to generate its algorithm and spent a lot of money collecting and compiling offline data online. It put in the time to get where it is.
But you do not have to use it.
What conservatives should be doing is looking at intellectual property law and other laws and regulations that raise the cost of entry for startups to challenge the big guys. When companies get big, they often work with lobbyists to write laws that make it more difficult to be challenged.
Google has been good on patent reform relating to software. Congress should step up on that.
But let’s not use the power of the state to destroy big companies just because we don’t like them. Yes, we should consider privacy issues. I do have a concern about privacy. Yes, I do have concerns about biases built into systems by progressives in California. I think there are real concerns that need to be raised and addressed. I have real concerns about Chrome potentially disrupting and hurting open web standards in the way Internet Explorer used to.
But again, you don’t have to use Google and conservatives shouldn’t be using the power of the state to break up a business just because we do not like it.