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Julian Assange Claims Google Is Not What We Think It Is

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Yes, we all know Google. But WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange holds a different, darker, shrewder view of it.

We use it every day, and entrust it with an ever-increasing amount of our pictures, documents, and presentations. We are all familiar with its playfully artful seasonal logo strains and self-proclaimed corporate benevolence. Yes, we all know Google. But WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange holds a different, darker, shrewder view of it.

It all started with a visit from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Google Ideas’ head Jared Cohen, and a small retinue of Washington-affiliated characters: they had reached out to Assange seeking an interview for an upcoming book that explored technology’s role as a prominent socio-political force in light of its role in the Arab Spring and its “Twitter-revolutions”.

After a subsequent investigation, Assange soon discovered that this party was not an impromptu arrangement of public and private influencers, but rather a deep-rooted coalition that had been decades in the making.

Assange stakes the claim that Google’s alter-ego is a multi-million-dollar military contractor that supplies and shares in surveillance intelligence with the NSA, CIA and NGA, exerts a strong influence on a cohort of political magnates and Washington power circles, and worked in close collaboration with the Government to act as a foreign policy agenda proxy that could be even more proactive in its efforts thanks to the shield of private, philanthropic pretence.

Further, in his book When Google met WikiLeaks, Assange details how Google is nurturing a force of Internet activists that it may uncannily mobilize at the right time to enact its interests.

Conspirationalist? Perhaps. But there is no doubt that in this Internet age, conventional warfare with missiles and guns is a thing of the past – controlling the dissemination and generation of information is a far more pervasive and discreet tool, with the potential for far more power.

This is not to repudiate Google’s vision of working towards a better future ­– it is simply that its method may not be the anti-corporate, feel-good company we are so familiar with, but rather one that extols its role as the conduit for tech-driven neo-imperialism, in the spirit of global welfare, yet sought with inherent Western exceptionalism. This is the essence of Assange’s findings. The private and the public blur into a gargantuan, ubiquitous power mill.

Some of this may come as no surprise: the PRISM leaks exposed Google’s information-sharing collaboration under the Patriot act, but Google shouldered it and strode forward, while public opinion remained favorable.

According to Assange, this was not an exceptional case, but rather the tip of a deeply entrenched iceberg of mutual benefit between the Department of State and Google and other tech firms, all of which provide generous campaign funds and valuable services, in exchange for Washington influence, certain protection and access to larger markets.

For instance, Google provided technical assistance to the NGA in launching a spy satellite in 2008, while NSA analysts consolidated Google’s cyber security after an alleged Chinese hack in 2010. The relationship is now symbiotic.

How this relationship will evolve with the new administration remains to be seen: Google and other tech companies openly opposed Trump. Let us not forget that the plethora of “free” tech services that we enjoy on a daily basis, including the platform used by the president to conduct his signature “Twitter diplomacy”, are all privately owned and managed.

The echelons of tech may be less of the political outsiders that the public makes them out to be, and far more opaque and obscure Washington insiders.

Perhaps it was inevitable for Google to mingle in defense and government after becoming a monopolistic essential service provider – many would be very interested in affecting how information is disseminated, after all. But the Google we grew up knowing is no more, and perhaps never was: Assange postulates that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s original research project was partly enabled by DARPA funds.

Regardless of whether one accepts Assange’s findings or disregards them, the fact remains: with the power to directly influence a billion search results a day, Google is in a unique, unprecedented position to advance an agenda if it so wished to. Internet surfing is essential for modern living: let us pay close attention to how pure this lifeblood of ideas is.

 

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  • In other words they are in with the pigs. I could have told you that. The US government, the CIA, FBI, Israel, Russia, you name it, they’re all pigs and all out to get us. Tell me something I don’t know.

    • Anti semitism has no business being thought of today. Loose the tin foil hat argument of a Jewish or Israeli conspiracy. It doesn’t exist and stems from hatred of the Jewish people and desire to kill them off.

      • @ Desdecardo…. In the sentence in which you take objection to the word “Israel”, Frank also mentions the US government, the CIA, the FBI and Russia. Applying your standard for being “anti”, or hate, something, i.e. Israel, then Frank also hates the US government, the CIA, the FBI and Russia. My question to you is this, why do you single out Israel as being subject to hate and don’t include the other entities listed? Further more, is it not possible to be critical of a government and its policies or an agency and their actions without hating them?

      • Israel is more of an Apartheid State than South Africa ever was. Any intelligent person can see how the Jewish owned media and tech companies like Google have kept the discussion of this buried even censored.
        Unfortunately, America is getting accustomed to censorship and control …

        • And look at South Africa now, point of collaps . Lucky we gave our nukes to Israel before we handed over the country

  • I think Google does not even know it has become corrupted. Two word search do not work in Google, the way a search engine should and there is no excuse for it except: it helps Google’s bottom line. I am sure their engineers think the algorithm is “optimized” except Google is really just a catalog now, not a search engine.

    • “In 1987 Assange began hacking under the name Mendax. He and two others—known as “Trax” and “Prime Suspect”—formed a hacking group they called the International Subversives. During this time he hacked into the Pentagon and other US Department of Defense facilities, MILNET, the US Navy, NASA, and Australia’s Overseas Telecommunications Commission; Citibank, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Panasonic, and Xerox; and the Australian National University, La Trobe University, and Stanford University’s SRI International.[28] He is thought to have been involved in the WANK (Worms Against Nuclear Killers) hack at NASA in 1989, but he does not acknowledge this”

      Yes, a total moron, lol.

  • This feels all too real. Google has the ability to control the pipeline of information even on a sub conscious level. They have their fingers in every bit of data you consume or share.

    You may use chrome browser, Android phone, you tube, use Google search, use Google’s keyboard, be on project Fi, etc. It knows everything about you.

    Don’t ever be surprised if that’s used against you or is used to tailor a regular brainwashing with strategic ads and content sites that disseminate information or beliefs they want you to believe.

    Google is too big to be good anymore.

    I don’t like believing in conspiracies. This Google bit seems too likely to not be true.

    • but then people have choice , to use search or not to use and go back to the dark age to search for information -dusting off their bookshelf for encyclopedia Britannica or an Oxford dictionary in hand ? Google-bashing has become fashionable today , without realizing that Google single-handed has democratized information access.

  • It took me a few weeks to realize what Facebook was all about and that was years ago.

    Are the people in America really that ignorant and dumbed down?

  • This is no surprise Google was found years ago teaming up with the CIA when many of their operatives were caught in Russia spine they were using Google accounts signing up for them not finishing the process coming back within 24 hours to finish the process is how the CIA was know that they were trying to be contacted this story has been swept under

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Fausto Hernandez

Fausto Hernandez

Fausto Hernandez is currently residing in Mexico City. So far he has experienced New York, Miami and London, his birthplace. Fausto was the fellow of 2015 Yale Global Scholars in Politics, Law and Economics, where he received the Director’s Award.

Perhaps more than ever before, the general population, empowered by technology and digital media, has a voice. Let it be heard. Global issues may seem daunting, but together, they can be tackled and solved. Yet action requires planning, and planning requires thought. Sparking it is his motive for writing for The Pavlovic Today.