Where do we even begin?
Google anti-copyright proxies Electronic Frontier Foundation and Center For Democracy and Technology file amicus briefs in support of defendants in Backpages Child Prostitution case. Wow.
Meanwhile down in Florida a very modest bill aimed at pirate websites gets the hysterical “break the internet” treatment from other Google proxies.
Center For Democracy and Technology has a busy week, by also opposing this bill. I guess because it’s important to be able to buy music from anonymous pirate websites on the internet? And artists really want their music sold and distributed by anonymous websites because it’s so much easier to get paid when we don’t know who it is that is selling our music. Right?
Not to be outdone Fight for the Future the biggest fake-grassroots-internet-corporation-ass-kissing organization of all time weighs in as well. Fight for the Future does its usual routine of making up the most far fetched interpretation of the bill (what most reasonable people would term “a total lie”) and tries to whip up the old “censorship” hysteria.
Did Holmes Wilson and Tiffiniy Cheng dream “One day I’m gonna grow up to totally manipulate the public by demagoguing on behalf multi billion dollar internet corporations and get paid for doing it.” Because if they did it would appear they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. There’s a special place in…. er… uh… Mountain View for these two.
And in case you are just joining us. Why does Google care? Google is an advertising company. And they are still advertising on many sites like these. They’ll apparently advertise on anything. Including ISIS training videos. Report here.
PROXY: Acting on behalf of another party. For instance filing an amicus brief on behalf of the other party. Like here, here. here, here, here and here.
You still don’t think these groups are Google Proxies? Have you been sniffing glue?
Media Democracy Fund gave over a million dollars to Fight For the Future. Google at the very least indirectly funds the Media Democracy Fund. They may directly fund MDF but no one knows for sure because they don’t fully disclose their funding. Certainly there is significant overlap between Google Public Policy Fellowships and grants made by MDF. I’ll come to your house and wash your car if it turns out they aren’t funding MDF. Regardless FFTF is right there with Google on every single issue.
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