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Old 27th August 2012
Originally Posted by aroundtheworld View Post
Let's look at some quotes on that page.
"Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open Internet."

"Just as we celebrate freedom, we need to celebrate the tools that support freedom. "

"Add your voice in support of a free and open Internet."

"In January, the community rose together and stopped something from infringing on the freedom and openness of the Internet."

"... exhibiting both the power of the Internet and the reason why we have to defend it."
Google does try to exercise principles within their scope of operation as I argued in my previous post. And the scope of their operation is limited almost exclusively (self-driving cars and other minor research projects aside) to the internet and networking. Pussy Riot is simply outside their domain of influence and relevance, and so too are the starving children of Africa. It doesn't mean the people at Google don't feel bad about either circumstance. It's just not reasonable to expect the Google entity to go so far outside their domain of relevance in materially supporting these causes. Sure, it'd be great if they did support Pussy Riot. It would be even more amazing if they fed the starving children of Africa. But it's not right to expect them to, even if they are better than any other business would be in their position.
Except all that talk of "a free and open internet" is lies and nonsense.

They don't support a free and open internet - they support what is in their business interests to support. They have no problems with not being "free and open" when it suits their purposes. China. Kiddie porn. The German (and if I'm not mistaken, French) anti-**** laws. Etc.