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'''Google'' has been termed "the world’s biggest censor".<ref>http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-biggest-censor-and-its-power-must-be-regulated</ref>
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'''Google''''s core product has always been its [[search engine]], and its influence is such that it has been termed "the world’s biggest [[ Google/Censorship|censor]]".<ref>http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-biggest-censor-and-its-power-must-be-regulated</ref> It is the most effective search engine for many purposes, but it has a subtle [[Google/Censorship|censorship]] policy, so ''[[Wikispooks]] editors are not recommended to rely upon it - a variety of different [[search engine]]s is undoubtedly a more effective way of accessing a range of material.''
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==Origins==
 
==Origins==
[[NSA]]-backed.
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Google was started by Pd.D. students [[Larry Page]] and [[Sergey Brin]] and received seed-funding from both the [[NSA]] and [[CIA]]. [[Nafeez Ahmed]] has published an insightful piece on the origins of Google<ref>https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e</ref>.
  
'''Google''''s core product has always been its [[search engine]].
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==Government connections==
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''[[The Register]]'' noted in 2016 that "Aside from the fact it is persistently one of the biggest lobbyists in DC, there has also been: the last-minute change made to [[net neutrality]] rules solely because of a letter received from Google; the unusual dropping of [[anti-trust]] investigations into the search giant; the curious "non prosecution agreement" it reached with the [[FBI]] over drug ads; and the fact that a review of logs showed that Google execs meet with White House officials on average once a week..<ref>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/18/latest_clinton_email_release_google_foreign_policy_efforts/</ref>
  
==Government connections==
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===Military===
[[The Register]] noted in 2016 that "Aside from the fact it is persistently one of the biggest lobbyists in DC, there has also been: the last-minute change made to [[net neutrality]] rules solely because of a letter received from Google; the unusual dropping of [[anti-trust]] investigations into the search giant; the curious "non prosecution agreement" it reached with the [[FBI]] over drug ads; and the fact that a review of logs showed that Google execs meet with White House officials on average once a week..<ref>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/18/latest_clinton_email_release_google_foreign_policy_efforts/</ref>
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"Google's [[artificial intelligence]] technologies are being used by the US military for one of its [[drone]] projects."<ref>https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/07/google-ai-us-department-of-defense-military-drone-project-maven-tensorflow</ref>
  
 
===Revolving door===
 
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[[Watchdog.org]] reports that "More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President [[Barack Obama]] took office."<ref>http://watchdog.org/265844/google-obama-revolving-door/</ref>
 
[[Watchdog.org]] reports that "More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President [[Barack Obama]] took office."<ref>http://watchdog.org/265844/google-obama-revolving-door/</ref>
  
==Aims==
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===Censorship===
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{{FA|Google/Censorship}}
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[[image:google censor.png|left|300px]]
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Google has been censoring content since at least 2010.<ref>https://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/</ref> The extent of its censorship is harder to assess than with other types of website. In 2017 modifications to its algorithms resulted in reduced traffic to "left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, which cut the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April". The World Socialist Web Site reported an 85% drop in search referrals over that period.<ref>https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/09/19/goog-s19.html</ref>
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==Culture==
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''[[The Register]]'' reports that Google has an "introspective – some would say, cult-like – corporate culture".<ref name=regnov18/>
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In October 2018, "more than 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest at how several executives had been secretly paid off following allegations of [[sexual harassment]]."<ref name=regnov18>https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/30/google_internal_revolt/</ref>
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==="Hate Speech"===
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On May 31, 2016, Google agreed with [[Facebook]], [[Microsoft]] and [[Twitter]] to a [[European Union]] code of conduct obligating them to review "[the] majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal [[hate speech]]" posted on their services within 24 hours.<ref name="guardian-euhatespeech">{{cite web|title=Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft sign EU hate speech code|url=https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/31/facebook-youtube-twitter-microsoft-eu-hate-speech-code|website=The Guardian|accessdate=7 June 2016}}</ref>
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[[Ben Gomes]], Google's vice president for engineering, announced in April 2017 that Google’s search engine would block access to “offensive” sites, while working to surface more “authoritative content.” A 2017 march to protest Google's decision to reduce traffic to sites critical of the government's {{on}} was cancelled after threats of violence.<ref>http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=156290</ref>
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"It’s quite obvious [Google] want to be Skynet (of ‘''The Terminator''’). They have their own military robots, and have stated that they desire to create a profile on every human.”<ref>http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/09/19/want-online-privacy-heres-how-hint-dont-google/</ref>
 
"It’s quite obvious [Google] want to be Skynet (of ‘''The Terminator''’). They have their own military robots, and have stated that they desire to create a profile on every human.”<ref>http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/09/19/want-online-privacy-heres-how-hint-dont-google/</ref>
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===Homepage===
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[[image:Google_supports_veterans.png|right|280px|caption|thumbnail|"Google engaging in more troop worship - trying to keep those recruitment numbers up by propagating the lie that military members are heroes who serve their country."<ref>https://imgur.com/NDps2Vh</ref>]]
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Google sometimes adorns its homepage with an icon or phrase in honour of a special event or anniversary. Various groups have criticised it for its selections (or sometimes non-selections).
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==Google trends==
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[[image:Google trend non-violent extremism.png|left|520px|thumbnail|Google trends data illustrating how the phrase "[[non-violent extremism]]" suddenly emerged in January 2011]].
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[[Google trends]] is a website that allows users to search on recorded data of who searched for what when. It has been very helpful why trying to establish the vintage of particular words and phrases.
  
 
==Search Engine alternatives==
 
==Search Engine alternatives==
Among non-commercially controlled search engines is the [http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Seeks seeks-project] and its successor [https://github.com/asciimoo/searx searx].
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Seeks is a p2p pattern matching overlay network on top of existing search engines. It provides collaborative filtering regrouping users based on the similarity of their queries and letting them reorganize and evaluate the search results together.
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Although the most popular search engine, Google is certainly not the only one. This site currently lists {{SMWCount|Search engine}} [[search engines]], including some which are [[open source]], such as [[SearX]] and [[Gigablast]].
  
https://github.com/beniz/seeks/wiki/FAQ }}
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===Searx===
A list of working searx nodes can be found at: http://stats.searx.oe5tpo.com/
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{{FA|Searx}}
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[[Searx]] is an open source metasearch engine. The successor to [[Seeks]], and has been operating since 2014. Users are allowed to specify their own rules about ordering search results. This provides an effective way to break out of the [[search bubble]]s associated with search engines such as Google that profile users.
  
To order results to their personal liking users can run a searx instance and specify their own rules. The installation scripts make this easy. This is an effective way to break out of the [http://dontbubble.us/ search bubble].
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===Gigablast===
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{{FA|Gigablast}}
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[[Gigablast]] is an open source search engine that went beta in 2002 and as of 2019 was still under active development.
 
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Latest revision as of 14:03, 5 February 2019

Group.png Google  
(Search Engine, Global surveillanceHistory Commons Powerbase Sourcewatch Twitter Website WikiquoteRdf-icon.png
Google.jpg
Founder • Larry Page
• Sergey Brin
Parent organization Alphabet
Headquarters Googleplex, Mountain View, California, U.S.
Type Subsidiary
Subgroups List of subsidiaries
Staff 57,148
Slogan Don't be evil
Interest of Robert Epstein
SubpageGoogle/Censorship
Global Internet/Skynet conglomerate

Google's core product has always been its search engine, and its influence is such that it has been termed "the world’s biggest censor".[1] It is the most effective search engine for many purposes, but it has a subtle censorship policy, so Wikispooks editors are not recommended to rely upon it - a variety of different search engines is undoubtedly a more effective way of accessing a range of material.

Origins

Google was started by Pd.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin and received seed-funding from both the NSA and CIA. Nafeez Ahmed has published an insightful piece on the origins of Google[2].

Government connections

The Register noted in 2016 that "Aside from the fact it is persistently one of the biggest lobbyists in DC, there has also been: the last-minute change made to net neutrality rules solely because of a letter received from Google; the unusual dropping of anti-trust investigations into the search giant; the curious "non prosecution agreement" it reached with the FBI over drug ads; and the fact that a review of logs showed that Google execs meet with White House officials on average once a week..[3]

Military

"Google's artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the US military for one of its drone projects."[4]

Revolving door

Full article: Stub class article Revolving door

Watchdog.org reports that "More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President Barack Obama took office."[5]

Censorship

Full article: Google/Censorship
Google censor.png

Google has been censoring content since at least 2010.[6] The extent of its censorship is harder to assess than with other types of website. In 2017 modifications to its algorithms resulted in reduced traffic to "left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, which cut the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April". The World Socialist Web Site reported an 85% drop in search referrals over that period.[7]

Culture

The Register reports that Google has an "introspective – some would say, cult-like – corporate culture".[8]

In October 2018, "more than 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest at how several executives had been secretly paid off following allegations of sexual harassment."[8]

"Hate Speech"

On May 31, 2016, Google agreed with Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter to a European Union code of conduct obligating them to review "[the] majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech" posted on their services within 24 hours.[9]

Ben Gomes, Google's vice president for engineering, announced in April 2017 that Google’s search engine would block access to “offensive” sites, while working to surface more “authoritative content.” A 2017 march to protest Google's decision to reduce traffic to sites critical of the government's official narrative was cancelled after threats of violence.[10]

"It’s quite obvious [Google] want to be Skynet (of ‘The Terminator’). They have their own military robots, and have stated that they desire to create a profile on every human.”[11]

Homepage

"Google engaging in more troop worship - trying to keep those recruitment numbers up by propagating the lie that military members are heroes who serve their country."[12]

Google sometimes adorns its homepage with an icon or phrase in honour of a special event or anniversary. Various groups have criticised it for its selections (or sometimes non-selections).

Google trends

Google trends data illustrating how the phrase "non-violent extremism" suddenly emerged in January 2011
.

Google trends is a website that allows users to search on recorded data of who searched for what when. It has been very helpful why trying to establish the vintage of particular words and phrases.

Search Engine alternatives

So You've Decided To Boycott Google...

Although the most popular search engine, Google is certainly not the only one. This site currently lists 11 search engines, including some which are open source, such as SearX and Gigablast.

Searx

Full article: Searx

Searx is an open source metasearch engine. The successor to Seeks, and has been operating since 2014. Users are allowed to specify their own rules about ordering search results. This provides an effective way to break out of the search bubbles associated with search engines such as Google that profile users.

Gigablast

Full article: Gigablast

Gigablast is an open source search engine that went beta in 2002 and as of 2019 was still under active development.

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Google and the NSAarticle24 August 2013Julian Assange
Document:Jews Boast of Owning Hollywood - But Slam Gentiles Who Say the Same Thingarticle6 July 2014Editorial staffJewish control of Hollywood, Censorship by Google and the taboo on mentioning it by Gentiles
Document:The new mind controlarticleMarch 2016Robert EpsteinThe internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do


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