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"Lessig Says He Doesn't Put Faith In Google" per Washington Internet Daily cover story
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-12-19 11:53
Kudos to Louis Trager and Washington Internet Daily for an excellent two-page cover story: "Lessig says he doesn't put faith in Google" -- which provides fresh evidence that the net neutrality movement is not as united as they portray themselves to be.
- It will be interesting to see if either Google or Professor Lessig flame the Washington Internet Daily for being "confused" or "wrong" like they did when the WSJ wrote a cover story indicating the net neutrality movement may not all be on the same page.
It appears significant that Professor Lessig is shifting his professional focus to promoting a Change Congress agenda fighting corporate influence of corporations in Washington, from his decade-long crusade for free culture and later net neutrality.
- In his past role as a high-profile leader of the Free culture and net neutrality movements, Google was an exceptionally powerful and public ally of Professor Lessig's.
- In his new role as the leader of a movement railing against corporate influence in Washington -- it appears from Professor Lessig's new rhetoric and tone -- that this will not be the first time he will publicly distance himself from Google or question the purity of their motives.
Here are some telling Lessig quotes from the WIN article:
- "I don't trust Google to do the right thing... I hope they do the right thing."
- On Google: "I like what the company has done in a large number of areas, including copyright." "But I don't have any long-term faith in any company to do the right thing in terms of the right public policy."
Mr. Trager also made an interesting observation about Lessig's talk before a Change-Congress-friendly crowd:
- "Google has provided major support for some of Lessig's organizations, a point that didn't come up at the event on the influence of corporate money on policy."
The big takeaway from all this is that even Google's previous closest allies, don't buy Google's slathering Washington spin that Google is an altruistic entity devoid of self-interest...