Assange Details Google’s Collaboration With US Government, EU Parliament Votes To Break-up Google

By: Friday November 28, 2014 6:35 am

Search monopoly Google is facing new scrutiny as Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange has accused the company of essentially being a tool for the US government. In his new book Assange reportedly claims that, contrary to public proclamations of a commitment to privacy, Google gives the FBI and CIA open access to Google users’ information with no opposition whatsoever. Assange also recounts a meeting with Google executives where most of the participants ended up being US State Department officials.

While accusations that Google does not respect user privacy rights and happily collaborates with the government are nothing new, one new development could pose a serious problem.

 

Frankenstein Promises to Save Net Neutrality

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 11:00 am

Monopoly control over the internet with enormously expensive barriers to entry: What’s not to like, say Comcast, Time Warner and the rest of the exploitation crew.

Google’s Monopoly Under Threat In Europe

By: 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.

The Case Against U.S.-Arms Sales (and Iraq)

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 11:07 am

Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Chris Coyne and Abigail R. Hall, a second year Mercatus PhD Fellow, have come up with original research that shows the dangers of America’s unfettered global arms sales

Comcast To Takeover Time Warner in Quest for Monopoly as Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 6:52 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now Comcast is seeking to take over Time Warner in a move that could ruin TV and the internet.

Will Jeff Bezos Take On the Google Online Advertising Monopoly?

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 2:50 pm

If Jeff Bezos ever tires of regularly shelling out tens of millions of dollars to subsidize the Washington Post’s losses, he’s going to have to take on the Google online advertising monopoly.

Has Google Destroyed the 4th Estate?

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 2:24 pm

Google’s incredible profits didn’t materialize out of nothing. They are derived because as the news audience has migrated online, Google has skimmed the lion’s share of news advertizing revenues for itself. That money used to go to pay for investigative reporting. Google’s glittering balance sheet basically comes from driving the 4th estate out of business.

The Koch Brothers Must Have LOVED Monopoly as Kids

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 7:00 pm

The Koch brothers don’t just have a gazillion luxury homes and boats. They’ve been using their wealth to shut out the voices of the 99% — pledging to spend at least $100 million on the 2012 elections. The pro-corporate policies they favor are, of course, antithetical to the public interest. But the TV ads they’re airing so far in this election make it seem like they’re on the side of regular Americans. “Maybe your family is like most, struggling to make it by…The private sector is not doing fine,” says Americans for Prosperity, an organization the Kochs founded and fund.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert H. Frank, The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good

By: Sunday December 18, 2011 1:59 pm

Whenever the rewards for an action – profits, reproductive success, whatever – depend upon the relative performance of individuals within a group the problem of a divergence between the interests of individuals and the interest of the larger society is likely to be present. The book gives example after example of this “arms race” for positional goods, and details the waste of resources that this causes.

Oligarchy and Social Organization

By: Sunday November 20, 2011 10:40 am

When people believe things that are obviously untrue, and obviously not in their best financial interests, it means that Oligarchy has asserted control of the market in ideas.

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