The Right Coast

September 18, 2005
By Tom Smith

Yahoo needs to get a clue from Google. Don't be evil. Just. Don't. Be. Evil. How hard is that? Short course on moral theory. When the secret police of a horrible tyranny comes to you and asks for help tracking down a brave, but solitary, weak and embattled soul who dares oppose them, don't help them. Don't be evil. Is that clear? Are you geniuses smart enough to get your arms around that? Can your algorithm sort that out? Are any of you Yahoo billionaires going to pony up to, say, hire a lawyer for the freedom fighter who is going to rot in a Chinese prison for ten years because of you, or help support his family, or will we just have to be impressed with how socially responsible you are because you drive a Prius? Unbelievable.