OpenDNS Founder David Ulevitch on Google Public DNS

OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch:

Google claims that this service is better because it has no ads or redirection. But you have to remember they are also the largest advertising and redirection company on the Internet.

But Google only shows you ads on and redirects you to things you’ve asked for. OpenDNS shows you ads and redirects you to things based on mistakes you make.

To think that Google’s DNS service is for the benefit of the Internet would be naive. They know there is value in controlling more of your Internet experience and I would expect them to explore that fully. And of course, we always have protected user privacy and have never sold our DNS data.

Translation: Sure, we do something shitty with DNS right now today, but Google might do something shitty with DNS in the future so they’re even worse. Pure FUD.

Thursday, 3 December 2009