Topic-Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
6)The recent imposition of fine on Google by European Commission is a step in the right direction, to ensure a fair competition. Critically comment.(250 words)
Why this question
Internet is increasingly playing a vital role in our lives. It is essential to know the policies of the tech giants like Google, facebook which hold billions of subscribers across the world. Google has been recently fined for its anti-competition practices. It is important to know the reason behind such a fine.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and bring out whether the recent European Commission decision has been a step in the right direction or not.
Critically comment- here we have to form an opinion on the issue while weighing down both its positive aspects as well as negative aspects.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Write a few lines about the recent European Commission’s decision to impose a fine of 5 billion dollars on Google. Mention the reasons for the imposition of fine- e.g contracting with hardware manufacturers to put its search engine and services like Gmail and YouTube in the face of users, and thus reducing the chances that they would exercise choice and give competitors a chance.
- Discuss the pros of such a decision- e.g restriction of anti-competitive practices; providing a fair chance to other businesses; fostering innovation; availability of more choice to users etc.
- Discuss the negative aspects of such a decision. E.g adverse reaction on part of European Commision to protect its own companies against American tech-giants; Android has been one of the most successful open source softwares which boosted innovation in the digital world, which could be hurt due to the imposition of the fine; etc.
Conclusion- Mention the inadequacies in the US laws which has resulted in the above situation and need for a fair, open and an equal internet and digital space which could be harnessed for the greater good of all.