New leaks regarding Google China and “Project Dragonfly” reveal just how much support for China’s human rights violations Google is providing. Such arrogance on the part of the single largest internet company does not bode well for anyone.
Bill Kristol’s “The Weekly Standard” has rightly pointed out ThinkProgress’s lies; but should we really be nominating companies to approve censorship? After all, Approved censors are still censors, whether they work for an authoritarian government or a corporatist, neoliberal/neoconservative media group.
Unchecked, companies like Google and Twitter are granted carte blanche to do for governments that which we’d never permit our governments to do: they gather and process data at scales an in manners unprecedented in history, and they execute censorship and narrative control through these mechanisms without a second thought to the ramifications of their decisions.