Google is planning on opening a so-called “campus” office in Kreuzberg, in the heart of Berlin
Increased rents, buildings bought by Google and their startups, local livelihoods destroyed.
GOOGLE *IS* EVIL
Google routinely violates Human rights through widespread censorship and mass-surveillance.
A BRAVE G WORLD
Google has a leading role in influencing technology towards a dystopian future where Humans will be controlled by algorithms
NO TAX NO LAW
Google systematically evades EU taxes and legislation. Do we want such a company as neighbor?
TAKE ACTION – RESOURCES!
As a diverse multitude we can organize to resist and kick them out of Kreuzberg! Also, let’s joyfully share knowledge about decentralized technologies!
“Google campus” in Kreuzberg will inevitably cause rents to increase more, pushing out long-time residents and businesses.
Highly-paid start-up employees will buy apartments, thus kicking local inhabitants out of their Kiez.
BULLSHIT START-UP CITY POLITICS
The “campus” is one of the most emblematic symbols of city politics counting on startups to boost local economy. In practice these companies -by essence ephemeral- generate very little to the local economy.
SAN FRANCISCO, TORONTO, BERLIN?
San Francisco – where google operates 10 bus lines to bring its employees to work – became the most expensive city in the world, with rents tripling(? source) over a few years.
In Toronto, “Google campus” is part of a dystopian “smart city” project where the urban environment surveils everyone all the time.
Google *is* Evil!
Google still benefits from a friendly and “cool” image but it seems like their initial moto “Don’t be evil” is long forgotten, as the company routinely engages worldwide in Human Rights violations. Meanwhile its power extends alarmingly to key aspects of our everyday lives.
Machines are increasingly making decisions that influence every aspect of our life. People are being turned into mere series of numbers: Who gets access to credit, how much does insurance cost, who has the right to board a plane, who gets killed by a drone…
This is only possible through the harvesting of data by companies like Google.
“SMART CITIES” OF TOTAL CONTROL
In Toronto Google is part of the “smart city” project. Its sister-company “Side Walk Labs” is specialized on the matter. This cool name stands for a city where equipment can detect, analyze an collect data in realtime, being present at every street corner, installed in the ground and attached to the walls . Everyone will be monitored, for the sake of “efficiency” or saving costs.
TRANSHUMANISM FOR A FEW
Transhumanism is a quasi-religious belief that technology is the only way to “save” humanity. A small Transhumanist elite from the Silicon Valley believes Earth’s resources should be invested to merge humans and machines (Elon Musk’s Neuralink builds chips to inplant in our skulls) or go to Mars. Google, through its sister-company Calico, is now one of the first funders of transhumanism.
People shall control technology rather than be controlled by it!
We want a world where our communications and data is in our own hands, where technology can be trusted and under our control,
to enable us to organize a fairer future for everyone. We want to build, organize and share the practice of such technology based on the principles of decentralized services, free/libre software and end-to-end encryption. Let’s de-googlify our lives!
We wish Berlin to become a capital for these technologies which liberate humans, instead of turning into one more colony in Google’s empire!
DECENTRALIZED COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA
By organizing a collective understanding of the infrstructures of our communications, in our communities and neighborhoods, we shall take back control of our data and digital lives through decentralized services and communications.
Only by caring for our data, where it is stored and what is being done with it, we can avoid having it aggregated by those who will turn it into enormous power and inevitably abuse it…
FREE/LIBRE SOFTWARE FOR A FREE SOCIETY
Software is invisible but present in every aspect of our lives. We cannot rely for our future on black boxes owned by companies like Google, where opaque algorithms will take decisions that affect us, out of our control.
Free/Libre software is an ethical vision for information technology where software belongs to the public as a common good.
Everyone, as an individual or with their communities, has the possibility to use and copy Free/Libre software, but also to study it to ensure it doesn’t abuse our trust, and – if necessary – modify it
END-TO-END ENCRYPTION FOR ALL COMMUNICATIONS
Google’s business model is to know what all of their clients are doing at all time. Through the infiltrating presence of their technologies in more than 70 per cent of web sites, they get to know everybody’s behaviours and preferences online. Google is part of the NSA’s effort to record all communications anyways…
End-to-end encryption of communications puts trust in the hands of the people, without having to rely on intermediaries
who can potentially read and analyse their messages.
These concepts must be learned by everyone wishing to conserve some privacy and intimacy and must become the way information should be transmited by default.
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