A group of protesters in favor of net neutrality have gathered outside Google’s headquarters and the Google I/O conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. They’re using good old-fashioned posters with handwritten messages including “Google: Don’t Be Evil, Be a Force for Good” and hashtags like #occupygoogle. Will their messages be heard? Probably not. At the conference, Google is unveiling so many cool projects like its Android Wearables (imagine wearing a watch that stores tonight’s dinner recipe) that even the most incensed protester (if allowed inside) would stop and take a look.
While giant tech companies including Google and Amazon have come out in support of net neutrality, OccupyGoogle thinks they should be doing more--Amazon, for example, as the number one online retailer, should flex more muscle. You can bet if the FCC was trying to get in the way of one-click shopping (or any of its other competitive advantages), Amazon would do more than sign a letter. Maybe it could use some of the negotiation tactics it’s using against publisher Hachette?
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