Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Google Eyes New Uses for International Waters

Google Eyes New Uses for International Waters
for 24-Hours of Propaganda

Google is in the preliminary stages of building it's own cruise line.

Not exactly, The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its Internet search engines on barges anchored past international water boundaries, effectively making them "off-shore", a distinction that is important for everything from taxes to government regulations affecting the Internet Giant.

The “water-based data centers” would use wave energy to power and cool computers, reducing Google’s costs. Their offshore status would also mean the company would no longer have to pay property taxes on its data centers, which are sited across the world, or be subject to specific government regulations about Internet Content or Usage.

This could be significant in the realms of Offshore Banking, Offshore Gambling, and storage of sensitive and illegal materials such as pornography and personal information used for identity theft.

Aside from the unprecedented reappraisal of Online Rights that will no doubt erupt over this issue if it does see fruition, the next risk would be the danger the "water-based data centers" may face from storms and terrorists/pirates at sea. Piracy is on a massive rise all over the world, most notably in places that have already been war-torn or in well-known havens for state-sponsored terrorism.