Nick Bilton on the growing secrecy in Silicon Valley:
At Google, a company that prides itself on openness, some
buildings were on “lockdown” to ensure that upcoming products
don’t leak. Later, a Google employee, who of course asked not
to be named for fear of repercussions from their employer, told
me the heightened secrecy was something new for the company.
“It’s a very delicate time in technology right now. Google is
competing with everyone: Facebook and Twitter on a social level,
Apple with mobile, Microsoft with search,” explained the Google
employee. “Google has started to realize that they have to
protect upcoming products and adopting secrecy has become
necessary within the organization.”
Google senior vice president Jonathan Rosenberg in December 2009, on “The Meaning of Open”:
Open will win. It will win on the Internet and will then cascade
across many walks of life: The future of government is
transparency. The future of commerce is information symmetry. The
future of culture is freedom. The future of science and medicine
is collaboration. The future of entertainment is participation.
Each of these futures depends on an open Internet.
(For what it’s worth, though, Larry Page showed Rosenberg the door when he took the CEO helm.)
★ Wednesday, 29 June 2011