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?