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2021-02-04

They propose in Australia to create a public property search engine if google leaves the country

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A couple of weeks ago we discussed Google's situation in Australia, which has the internet search giant with a foot out of the country. Alphabet's flagship product threatened to withdraw from the country if a law was passed that would force the search engine to pay for the use of the items it presents in its news service.

Faced with this situation, the Australian authorities, particularly Prime Minister Scott Morrisson and his cabinet of ministers, have proposed the use of Microsoft Bing as an alternative to replacing Google's search engine. However, going further, the Australian Greens party proposed the creation of a public property seeker.

An initiative of an Australian environmentalist party

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young stated through a statement that "following Google threats to withdraw its services from Australia, the Greens have asked the Morrison government to investigate the establishment of a publicly owned search engine."

Unlike the Australian government's position, which promotes the use of Bing as an alternative, Senator Hanson-Young proposed that her country not turn to another foreign giant to fill Google's vacuum, ruling that "they will continue to benefit from Australian data and will be indebted to shareholders' interests."

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Outside of that diagnosis, the proposal presented was founded by noting that "an independent and publicly owned search engine would be an important step forward in restoring a free and open Internet", adding that it must be"publicly accountable and not to shareholders. It could be set to global best-practice data privacy standards, to ensure that users own their own data and have control over what data is collected about it and how it is used."

The Australian government's stance

The Australian Greens initiative emerged in response to the position of their country's executive branch. Prime Minister Morrisson's proposal went beyond a mere recommendation. In front of the local press, he noted that he has held meetings with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, picking up a positive impression, of an important company that can conform to local regulations. credit: third party image reference

Outside of these vision differences, some of the diagnosis is shared between the two parties. Australian government media and communications spokesman stated that"Google's threat to shut down search services if they don't get the laws they want shows that the corporate giant has too much power, not only over the market but throughout the community."

Despite that, the government's position is best patented with the Prime Minister's statements. In support, the Minister of Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts of his cabinet, Paul Fletcher, also endorsed Bing's proposal, noting that if Google leaves, he expects to see the investment of other players in the local market.

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