Absolutely appalling! According to the Google Transparency Project database there are over 200+ copyright, patent and antitrust academic papers funded by Google that did not disclose funding. Many of these papers were used to set policies that ultimately harmed artists. Heads should roll.
Ever wonder why it is that some academics seem to be as close to Google as 1 is to 2? The Google Transparency Project has released a fascinating report and searchable database of papers written by academics funded by Google (according to the group’s methodology). This is particularly timely given the “fake news” hot topic and the new book by Sharyl Attkisson all about manufactured information in our astroturf culture entitled The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote.
Because make no mistake–Google’s multimillion dollar influence peddling campaign on campus is all about influencing regulators and lawmakers. Yes, just like Big Pharma, “Google Academics” funnels big bucks to shape authority figures in Google’s image for 329 papers that the group was able to identify. The epitoma suprema of factiness.
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