At the very least it is time for Americans to stop idealizing Silicon Valley as made up of dreamers and rebels and understand that the technology sector is pursuing its economic interests – which are considerable – in much the same way other major industries are. Given that reality, the same kind of skepticism should be applied to their motives and regulations applied to their activities as other parts of the corporate sector.
|By: DSWright Friday October 17, 2014 1:31 pm|
|By: wendydavis Monday October 6, 2014 7:15 pm|
On Sept. 18, Julian Assange’s new book of that name was published. The material was largely fashioned from conversations he’d had with Google’s Eric Schmidt in 2011 at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. The ostensible purpose of the requested meeting was to discuss idea for a book that Schmidt and Jared Cohen (advisor to both Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton) were going to write, and in fact did: The New Digital Age (2013). They were accompanied by the book’s editor Scott Malcomson, former senior advisor for the UN and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, who eventually worked at the US State Department; plus Lisa Shields, vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, closely tied to the State Department, who was Schmidt’s partner at the time. Hmmm. The plot, as they say, thickens.
|By: spocko Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00 pm|
When we go to the interested third parties and educate them, many of those real winners are disgusted with what they hear. Combining that education with appeals to both personal and stated corporate values systems and you have a solid package to help them decide to walk away.
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 24, 2014 10:50 am|
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may lose two prominent technology companies due to its denialism on climate change. Facebook and Google will apparently break with the conservative policymaking group over ALEC’s position of, as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt put it, “literally lying” about climate change.
|By: DSWright Friday September 12, 2014 1:17 pm|
While many in the tech industry appear to have no trouble collaborating with those illegally spying on American citizens, it is instructive to see what happened to the companies that even put up mild resistance to the NSA’s mission of “collect it all.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 9, 2014 11:12 am|
Though Google may have US officials on the end of a string it is facing serious pushback in Europe. Calls for the search monopoly to be broken up and more heavily regulated have been voiced from high government officials as the company that once claimed the motto of “don’t be evil” is seen as a creeping threat to civil liberties and an open market for competition.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm|
Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am|
The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.
Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.
|By: DSWright Monday June 30, 2014 1:27 pm|
The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with incredible disrespect and secretly exploiting those that use their products.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday June 19, 2014 6:57 am|
Google is flexing its enormous monopolistic arm once again. The company has announced will begin removing independent artists from Youtube “in a matter of days” if they don’t sign Google’s “take it or leave it” contract, which allows Google to include their music in their soon-to-be-launched subscription music service.