Google: Don’t Be Evil, Say Protesters Dressed As Androids in Washington

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It isn’t easy being Android when you’re a fugly green humanoid robot and mad as hell. These protesters braved ridicule by dressing themselves as Google’s green mascot to bring attention to a thorny tech issue.

A new corporate accountability consumer group called SumOfUs wants Google to exit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. If the CoC sounds about as uncontroversial as Main Street and apple pie, think again.

The Android-clad activists want the Mountain View, California tech colossus to pull out of the Chamber, for a number of reasons, including because the CoC “aggressively supports” SOPA.

 

Which, if you haven’t been following, isn’t San Francisco’s newest microhood but a bill currently being debated (full name: Stop Online Piracy Act) that could create a blacklist of sites for copyright violations without a hearing.

Yeah, that means if someone posts a link to a torrent in a forum the whole website could be yanked and companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are standing against it. (For sites like YouTube, where copyright violations are uploaded faster than Lady Gaga can change her hairdo, it’s easy to see why).

But for SumOfUs, Google shouldn’t be cozy with the CoC, which it says lobbies for millionaire tax cuts, among other things.

A group member managed to get in a word in edgewise with Eric Schmidt at an public appearance at NYU (video here), asking him what he thought of the petition placing Google at the center of a moral debate.

“We’re so used to being at center of moral campaigns that I wasn’t surprised at all,” Schmidt says at about 55:25 into the video. He cited the intervention of the CoC on Google’s behalf with China, saying that the Chamber represents “good American values,” though there are things “we disagree on.” “I’ll let the petition continue,” he concludes with a laugh.

The Androids delivered the petition in a giant “Gmail” icon envelope to Google’s D.C. offices with nearly 200,000 signatures collected online.

You can read the petition here.


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  • Mike Rathjen

    Last I checked, SOPA was likely dead with both parties in the Senate against it. Has something changed?

  • CaoMing

    ‘Don’t be evil’ is such an irony in Eric Schmidt’s case.

    Google’s era under Eric Schmidt had involved into multiple crimes in Stanford which is fascism bynature.
    Google’s Eric Schmidt had abused google resources to financially and politicially support a criminal suspect named Gabriele Scheler, along with a Stanford Computer Science faculty Sebastian Thrun, against ruling from Stanford and police authorities. During their fight with Stanford, Eric Schmidt’s side had murdered an innocent Stanford student May Zhou in 2007 to threaten me and to terrorize Stanford. When they found I would not compromise a bit but actively tried to clarify the case, Eric Schmidt’s side did plot a murder on me as well. The only reason they didn’t make it a reality is becaue they were closely watched by police and they are afraid of leaving evidence (not becasuse they have any mercy on me as a human being, fascism by nature.) Eric Schmidt lost his CEO position because of his involvment into these crimes. Proof of real names, dates, photos along with a police case number are listed in my blog link [ http://tysurl.com/BsEnQ4 ].
    These accusations stand still which Eric Schmidt and Sebastian Thrun dare never deny to the public. Eric Schmidt and Sebastian Thrun had not paid for their crimes and they would have to.

  • CaoMing

    ‘Don’t be evil’ is such an irony in Eric Schmidt’s case.
     
    Google’s era under Eric Schmidt had involved into multiple crimes in Stanford which is fascism bynature.

    Google’s Eric Schmidt had abused google resources to financially and politicially support a criminal suspect named Gabriele Scheler, along with a Stanford Computer Science faculty Sebastian Thrun, against ruling from Stanford and police authorities. During their fight with Stanford, Eric Schmidt’s side had murdered an innocent Stanford student May Zhou in 2007 to threaten me and to terrorize Stanford. When they found I would not compromise a bit but actively tried to clarify the case, Eric Schmidt’s side did plot a murder on me as well. The only reason they didn’t make it a reality is becaue they were closely watched by police and they are afraid of leaving evidence (not becasuse they have any mercy on me as a human being, fascism by nature.) Eric Schmidt lost his CEO position because of his involvment into these crimes.

    These accusations stand still which Eric Schmidt and Sebastian Thrun dare never deny to the public. Eric Schmidt and Sebastian Thrun had not paid for their crimes and they would have to.

  • CaoMing

    This is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism. At this stage, fascism still prevail in our lives. Eric Schmidt and Sebastian Thrun are just two forefront people we can see in this fascism circle. There are whole pack of fascists behind them.
    They had spread fascism spirit around the world to conspire victims and to cover up their crimes. As one of the victims, my basic rights of living as a human being were sacrificed for manyears in fighting against these fascism crimines. They had spread their fascism spirits around to every aspect of my life as a retaliation. If these fascism criminals could not be concurred, their fascism spirit would infect more and more innocent people. However, the more I suffer from their fascism crimes, the stronger I had the determination to clarify their crimes to the public and concur these criminals at authorities.

  • Al

    I have no sympathy for torrenters. Your torrents forum might get shut down?

    I hope it does.

    There are young people across the world protesting and getting shot campaigning for simple human rights right now. They are not so concerned about being able to get away with torrenting the latest episode of a TV show. It’s called having real principles, not just shallow self-serving ones.

  • Brandon Dillon

    And we live in a country where we don’t have to worry about issues like that. This is broader than torrents. That was just one large example. It’s called having a broad view, not just a narrow one.

  • baby_Twitty

    Google = Evil.

    Don’t be Google.

  • Richard Mears

    That’s some protest. They may not be able to keep the 6 of them back.

  • Ted Kusio

    It’s still possible…
    http://www.techdirt.com/articl

    PS Doesn’t Apple support SOPA? I know MS backed out last month…

  • Mike Rathjen

    I don’t think you used the word “fascism” enough.

  • Mike Rathjen

    You are completely missing the point. Here is an example: random person puts torrent link on internet forum for breast cancer survivors. Internet forum for breast cancer survivors is SHUT DOWN.

  • CaoMing

    Killing the innocent and conspire life of the victim are definitely fascism by nature. They had done more.