Stock in News: Google (NASDAQ GOOG) Spying Issue Raised

To grass roots activists of all stripes, Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) has always been somewhat of an enigma. On the one hand it says the right things to support politically progressive causes such as fighting for privacy protection or Net Neutrality, but on the other hand taking actions that raise question marks as to the company’s true credentials.

As WikiLeaks founder claims Google is in bed with the US government, Net Neutrality advocates charge Google’s chief lobbyist is steering the company away from advocacy. A recent book by from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, for instance, claims that Google is not what it seems.

The search giant is in a position to eavesdrop on its users and control the flow of information by influencing search results that can have a material impact on democracy. Assange charges that Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) is deeply embedded with the U.S. government control elites and operates as an appendage, carrying water for their policy desires around the world.

But perhaps the most significant issue where Google is speaking out of both sides of its mouth is in regards to net neutrality, a cause it publicly champions but privately might not support to the same degree.

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Net neutrality is essentially a fight to keep the Internet free from financial bias. It would prevent large corporations from having the ability to create a “fast lane” that provides their gilded web sites quick download speeds, effectively creating a two-tiered society for free speech where the highest bidder has preferred access.

A new political ad campaign targeting Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG)’s employees, asking them to question Google’s top management on the issue, is using social media, Facebook in particular, to spread their message.

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While Google issued a statement in support of net neutrality, their Chief Lobbyist, Susan Molinari, a three-term Republican member of Congress tied to Newt Gingrich, has persuaded Google executives not to weigh in on Title II provisions, claim Net Neutrality activists.

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