Isn’t this fun?

Google has spent millions funding academic research in the US and Europe to try to influence public opinion and policymakers, a watchdog has claimed.

Over the last decade, Google has funded research papers that appear to support the technology company’s business interests and defend against regulatory challenges such as antitrust and anti-piracy, the US-based Campaign for Accountability (CfA) said in a report.


Google described the report as “highly misleading” as it included any work supported by any organisation to which it has ever donated money.

My word, but the kicker?

Miller added that it was ironic that the CfA talked about accountability and transparency when it would not reveal its own financial backers, one of which is Oracle, a company “running a well-documented lobbying campaign against us”, funding hundreds of pieces of research and events.

“Whenever Google’s bad behaviour is exposed, it invariably points the finger at someone else,” said Stevens. “Instead of deflecting blame, Google should address its record of academic astroturfing, which puts it in the same league as big oil and big tobacco.”

6 thoughts on “Isn’t this fun?”

  1. Its odd isn’t it, that when Big Business pays for ‘peer reviewed science’ to be done the Left are scathing as to the independence of said research, yet when the State pays for the same, said research is considered the most unbiased non partisan possible.

    Its almost as if the money from business is tainted, and results in biased decision making, while the money from the State is somehow pure and could never in any way lead the scientist to draw conclusions that were satisfactory to the payer.

  2. How dare Google fight the fascist state, defending against regulatory challenges!

    Lobbying the government is necessary, to fight government’s assumed, unconstitutional powers.

  3. I find the application of an industry-wide issue, big-oil/tobacco, toward a single company to be one of the dumbest possible moves in this spat.

    Think about this for just a few seconds. Phillip Morris was the poster-child for big tobacco. Exxon fills the role for oil. Google has been in the news a lot recently, and not for good reasons. Apple would be an easy second target.

    I don’t see how it would benefit Oracle to create a populist movement directed at big internet.

  4. ‘It’s simple. If you don’t like Google, don’t use their services.”

    No, it’s not simple. You have to actively scan your computer for their presence and actively delete them off your computer.

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