[RT News] A new report has raised concerns about Google’s influence in European politics, revealing a “revolving door” between the tech giant and politicians. It follows research which proved a similar relationship between Google and Washington.
The study, conducted by the Google Transparency Project (GPT), found at least 80 “revolving door” moves over the past decade, finding instances in which Google hired government employees and European governments hired Google staff.
The initiative listed a couple of Google’s recent hires by name, including Tomas Gulbinas, former ambassador-at-large for the Lithuanian government, and Georgios Mavros, an adviser to a French member of the European Parliament. Google hired both officials as lobbyists last year.
The GTP alleges that Google’s “government hiring blitz” is “part of a renewed drive to boost its influence in European policy circles after a tentative deal to settle the European Commission’s anti-trust investigation fell apart in 2014.”
The initiative says the tech company “dramatically stepped up” its “revolving door” hires in Europe in 2011, just after the European Commission launched its first investigation into alleged anti-trust violations by Google. A total of 18 “revolving door” hires were made that year, more than double the previous year and more than three times any other year covered by the report.
Meanwhile, 15 Google execs were also appointed to government positions in Europe, “gaining valuable contacts at the heart of the decision-making process,” the GTP wrote.
A total of five people were “full revolvers,” meaning they “moved from government into Google and back into government, or vice-versa.” One of the examples cited is Nigel Huddleston, who left the UK Conservative Party to work as Google’s Industry Head of Travel before becoming a member of parliament in 2015.
Despite claims that Google’s actions are aimed at strengthening its influence, a spokesman for the company told the Guardian: “European politicians have many questions for Google and about the internet. We’re working hard to answer those questions, helping policymakers understand our business and the opportunity for European businesses to grow online.“
The report on Google’s tightness with European governments comes less than two months after similar research was published on the tech company’s “revolving door” relationship with Washington.
That research, released in April, found that employees of Google and “associated entities” had visited the White House 427 times from January 2009 to October 31, 2015.
The breakdown of those visits included 363 meetings between White House officials and Google employees and 64 meetings involving employees of companies solely owned by Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
“The meetings were attended by at least 169 Google executives, from the company’s senior ranks down to software engineers, and 182 White House officials,” according to the GTP.
The Google Transparency Project is an initiative run by the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) – a US organization that aims to “hold those who act at the expense of the public good accountable for their actions.”
[ZurichTimes] The Evidence is now too overwhelming to ignore that Google broken its original promise of not to be Evil, but has in fact been in bed with the Government and Intelligence Agencies even more than Facebook that is quite an accomplishment.
Google is an Advertising Company masquerading as a Search Engine and no wonder they changed their name to Alphabet as in they want to control the entire spectrum as in the entire Alphabet soup of the Internet from A to Z just as the Amazon changed it Logo to reflect that goal as well. Power is corrupting and absolute Power will Absolutely Corrupt the power holders as well as those from whom they are acquiring power. We are willingly giving Google and Amazon and Facebook this power over us and therein lies the dilemna.
How to extract yourself from this technology on which we are so dependent for sharing news and information and educating yourself about all the lies we have been told our entire lives. One strategy take the best and leave the rest.
Technology is just a means to an end and should not become the goal. We are here to gain and spread knowledge and our memories will have to kick once this Google Grid goes down and takes most codified knowledge with it.
Even the Muslims have a prophecy that narrates; ‘Among the signs of the Hour will be the disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance. Adultery will be prevalent and the drinking of wine will be common. The number of men will decrease and the number of women will increase until there will be fifty women to be looked after by one man.’ “
This hadith was reported in the two Sahih collections from the hadith of ‘Abd-Rabbihi.’Abdullah said, "The Prophet said, ‘Just before the Hour, there will be days in which knowledge will disappear and ignorance will appear, and there will be much killing.’ ” [Ibn Majah; also narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim, from the hadith of al-A’mash]
When there is no internet running to search for knowledge and therefore no Google to Google anything how will be retain information. That is the challenge of the Mandela Effect and shifting memories and distinctly different timelines and data sets.
How are we going to reconcile and access knowledge and share information without an internet in a grid down situation? The blank screens of our phones will be signify the blank screens of our minds and hence ignorance will prevail.
Perhaps this warning was what the prophecy about “knowledge would disappear” in the endtimes was all about?