I was watching an interview recently (a musician) who made a comment "the internet has changed hands", i.e. continues to move away from what was largely a meritocracy towards something resembling a billionaires club.
The side of it that bothers me is the appearance of some of these companies in Education, particularly in relation to MOOCS:
and what the effects of this may be.
Google are particularly insidious (worse than M$ ever were in my opinion) and only seem interested in two things:
- Monetizing other peoples content
- Harvesting personal data
Neither of which make them a good choice of partner for educators (in my opinion).