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Google tries to win EU friends with €150 million Digital News Initiative fund | Ars Technica
Summary: Google is spreading money around news platforms with its €150 million Digital News Initiative fund. Google are looking to make friends and develop more products around news. However, we’re concerned about the influence that this money buys, both consciously and subconsciously. It’s human nature to not want to bite the hand that feeds you. The Guardian has been a fantastic source of analytical and critical journalism in the tech industry, and has focused on privacy and corporate surveillance where few others have bothered. We’ve included a Guardian article in every week since the roundups began. We know the majority of the writers are independent, so we hope the involvement with Google won’t affect the publishing decisions of the newspaper.
google  guardian  institutionalcorruption  corruption  news  media  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Europe needs a digital regulator | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: We’ve looked a lot at the Google antitrust battle lately, and the goings-on with regulation in Europe. Frank Pasquale looks to the future, and why Europe needs a digital regulator. Corporations with investors will grow huge and monopolistic in their nature, and so we need long-term thinking from well-informed individuals to help keep ahead of the enormous Silicon Valley legal teams.

“This is far-sighted, important planning. The new economy demands a new regulatory body, with the ability to continually monitor the law-like power now assumed by major digital platforms to themselves.”
google  facebook  regulation  eu  europe  data  corruption  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Clinton Hires Google Exec As Chief Tech Officer - WikiLeaks Shows Us Why / Sputnik International
Summary: And why even bother lobbying, when you could get a powerful position alongside the presidential candidate? Stephanie Hannon, Google’s director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, has been hired by Hillary Clinton as chief technology officer for her presidential campaign. This leaves Google with even more valuable relationships inside the government, with a potential connection to the very top.
lobbying  corruption  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  clinton  assange 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner - The Intercept
“New Zealand’s eavesdropping agency used an Internet mass surveillance system to target government officials and an anti-corruption campaigner on a neighboring Pacific island, according to a top-secret document.” By Ryan Gallagher on The Intercept
corruption  surveillance  government  newzealand  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA staffers rake in Silicon Valley cash
“Former employees of the National Security Agency are becoming a hot commodity in Silicon Valley amid the tech industry’s battle against government surveillance.

Investors looking to ride the boom in cybersecurity are dangling big paydays in front of former NSA staffers, seeking to secure access to the insider knowledge they gained while working for the world’s most elite surveillance agency.”
nsa  security  siliconvalley  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  corruption  institutionalcorruption  notincluded 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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