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Inside the World of Google
First broadcast August 2006

Google

In less than a decade, Google has transformed itself from a Silicon valley start-up to one of the richest media companies in the world.

In 2005 alone it doubled in size and took in over $6 billion in revenue.

In this two-part series, Mike Embley investigates the culture, influence and potential future impact of the world's biggest search engine.

Part Two: Google Vision

Privacy on the internet is an increasing concern for campaign groups who believe that Google, and search engines like it, could be contributing to a surveillance society.

Google can trail and access our actions on the internet and detain them indefinitely.

Does this mean that what we click on online is no longer a snapshot of what we are interested in, but evidence of our political inclinations, our health concerns, our love lives?

In the final part of this series, Mike Embley asks: is Google more than a search engine?


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