Google.com or Google.gov?

A political analyst argues that Google is beginning to mesh with governments whose values are compatible with its own.

Conflicts between Google, one of the world’s largest companies, and government have been making news, as for example when CEO Sundar Pichai snubbed a Senate meeting. But in a recent issue of The New Atlantis, a political analyst looked at a different angle: the way in which Google is beginning to mesh with governments whose values are compatible with its own:

For eight years, Google and the Obama administration forged a uniquely close relationship. Their special bond is best ascribed not to the revolving door, although hundreds of meetings were held between the two; nor to crony capitalism, although hundreds of people have switched jobs from Google to the Obama administration or vice versa; nor to lobbying prowess, although Google is one of the top corporate lobbyists.

Rather, the ultimate source of the special bond between Google and the Obama White House — and modern progressive government more broadly — has been their common ethos. More.

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