The Six Degrees of Eric Schmidt
The Google CEO thinks one day we may all have to change our names to avoid our online pasts. But how can we connect his name to Lebanon’s leader via ‘Daniel Ocean’?
August 26, 2010 3:43 by kippreport
In tech circles, Schmidt is of course a well-known name. You couldn’t take a key role with Google and not be. In his case, he’s pretty much the top dog – chairman of the board and CEO.
Schmidt hit the headlines this month when he announced that people could soon be forced to change their names to escape their online past. “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time… I mean we really have to think about these things as a society,” he said.
Schmidt was formerly Chairman and CEO at Novell Technology, and before that Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems. He’s armed with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton and a Masters and Ph. D from Berkeley.
As Google CEO his job is to help make sure the digital giant stays ahead, a responsibility mirrored by his counterpart at Sony…
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