Normally, the semi-regular series that I’ve so imaginatively named The Good, the Bad the Ugly attempts to mix some bad news coming out of the tech world with a little bit of good news. As the slightly changed headline should tell you, today is all about the negative. You have been warned!
The Bad: Lawsuits in the tech world are nothing new, but Google being sued for libel? That’s new. And strange. An Australian court has declared that Google must pay music promotoer Milorad Trkulja $200,000 since a search for his name will bring up articles claiming that he has connections to organized crime. Naturally, Google fired back that they don’t actually host the sites and if Trkulja wants them taken down, he should contact the sites themselves. However, the very fact that this made it this far sets a bizarre and possibly dangerous precedent — can search engines be forced to censor themselves and hide sites?