Google funded think-tank fired google critics

Barry Lynn, the critic of monopolies fired this week from the New America Foundation, insisted in emails to his superiors that pressure from Google got him and his Open Markets program terminated. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the think tank’s CEO, has denied that Google played any role in Lynn’s termination from the think tank. — source theintercept.com [...]

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Google ‘segregates’ women into lower-paying jobs

Google systematically pays women less than men doing similar work, according to a class action-lawsuit accusing the technology company of denying promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are “segregated” into lower-paying jobs. The complaint, filed Thursday on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the last four years, provided the [...]

Google Must Hand Over Data From Overseas Servers, judge ruled

Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania magistrate judge decided Google needed to turn over data to US law enforcement despite it being housed (possibly temporarily) in overseas servers. The overseas housing was simply part of Google's data flow, which routes communications around the world for efficiency, rather than to keep them out of local governments' hands. [...]

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive, anti-war web sites

In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights organizations have fallen significantly. On April 25, 2017, Google announced that it had implemented changes to its search service to make it harder [...]

Don’t Wait For Google, Netflix Or Facebook’s Help If You Want To Save Net Neutrality

So if you've not been paying attention, broadband ISPs (with help from new FCC boss Ajit Pai) are slowly but surely working to eliminate oversight of one of the least-competitive sectors in American industry. It began with Pai killing off a number of FCC efforts piecemeal, including plans to beef up cable box competition, investigate [...]

If Facebook makes billions from my data, I deserve the basic income as a dividend for my work

“Why do I exist?”: a question that has preoccupied the greatest minds, and the rest of us after a heavy night out, since time immemorial. Today, it appears the answer is to simply make a lot of money for Google and Facebook. You and I are the raw material for these social media companies. Those [...]