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Google: the unelected superpower
The London Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katherine Rushton

Posted on 04/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America is an oligarchy. Instead of looking out for the majority of the country’s citizens, the US government is ruled by the interests of the rich and the powerful, they found. No great surprises there, then.

But the government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined. Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check.

It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor. In Britain, its executives meet with ministers more than almost any other corporation.

Google can’t be blamed for this: one of its jobs is to lobby for laws that benefit its shareholders, but it is up to governments to push back. As things stand, Google – and to a lesser extent, Facebook – are in danger of becoming the architects of the law.

Meanwhile, these companies are becoming ever more sophisticated about the amount of information they access about users. Google scans our emails. It knows where we are....

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: computers; corporateliberalism; google; internet; obama

1 posted on 04/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do No Evil.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 10:39:47 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Google is a superpower, it is not an unelected one. It is where it is because people find it useful and vote with their clicks.

The free market is a far more efficient way to make choices than is government, democratic or not so democratic.

Anyone who advocates for a policy that requires government power should be presumed to be a scam artist until proven otherwise.

3 posted on 04/18/2014 10:49:48 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Easter Googledoodle?


4 posted on 04/20/2014 5:06:30 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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