With the University of Harvard warning of the surveillance business model of the internet, with people being silences or fired over their opinion, The Washington Post thinks that Google needs to be stopped. Here is a brief history of Google's Don't Be Evil motto in the company's code of conduct. Above, a YouTube video by Blonde, criticising Google.
This year, Google is on track to spend more money than any company in America on lobbying. In 2015, it was the third biggest corporate spender, paying more than Exxon Mobil, Lockheed Martin or the Koch brothers on lobbying. Much of what it is spending its money on has nothing to do with technical details regarding its search engine and everything to do with using its power in its search engine to shut out some competitors and build power over others.
It is time to call out Google for what it is: a monopolist in search, video, maps and browser, and a thin-skinned tyrant when it comes to ideas.
The imperial overreach of Google in trying to shut down a group of five researchers proves the point that the initial release from Open Markets was trying to make: When companies get too much power, they become a threat to democratic free speech and to the liberty of citizens at large.
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|"It promises to let Google answer questions like an oracle."|
|“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”|
|“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”|
|"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."|
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|“We deserve pity for being born in such primitive times.”|
|“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”|
|“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”|
|“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”|
|"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."|