Don't let Google take over Berlin!

Google plans to implant a "Google Campus" in Kreuzberg, Berlin. We, as a decentralized network of people are committed to not letting our beloved city be taken over by these tax-evading criminals who are building a dystopian future.

“GOOGLE CAMPUS”?

Google is planning on opening a so-called “campus” office in Kreuzberg, in the heart of Berlin

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G-ENTRIFICATION

Increased rents, buildings bought by Google and their startups, local livelihoods destroyed.

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GOOGLE *IS* EVIL

Google routinely violates Human rights through widespread censorship and mass-surveillance.

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A BRAVE G WORLD

Google has a leading role in influencing technology towards a dystopian future where Humans will be controlled by algorithms

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NO TAX NO LAW

Google systematically evades EU taxes and legislation. Do we want such a company as neighbor?

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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!

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WTF “GOOGLE CAMPUS”?

Google office and startup speculation in Kreuzberg

Google is trying to open a 2500m² “campus” in Kreuzberg to attract, detect and buy profitable companies and ideas.

Sold as a “community” project, it in reality aims at attractig “entrepreneurs” who will increase Google’s profit.

This project will turn the neighborhood into a large-scale laboratory for the deployment of their new invasive technologies. 

Instead of a nice friendly “campus” we see a Google farm for harvesting Kreuzberg’s brains and talents, or a Google mine in which ideas and data will be extracted out of Berlin.

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G-entrification

The presence of a “Google campus” in our neighborhood will accelerate its rampant gentrification making life more difficult for locals.

RENTS

“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.

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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.

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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.

PARTICIPATION IN MASS SURVEILLANCE

Google was caught red-handed participating in NSA’s  illegall surveillance of almost everyone. Despite claiming they were not *actively* engaged in this mass-surveillance, it is obvious that such a company has no choice but to comply with US legislation.

Google’s business model of collecting all data and profiling everyone set the trend towards generalized practices of mass-surveillance.

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WIDESPREAD CENSORSHIP

With Youtube, Google voluntarily engages in generalized censorship in order to please the music and film industries.

In pratice, with “Content ID”, Google set the norm for automated censorship, with algorithms taking down countless remixes, political speech and other parodic videos amounting to speech.

Google helps defending a vision of an archaic copyright regime abused as a tool for censorship. 

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GOOGLE IN CHINA

In order to preserve their profit (and their ability to surveil everyone?) in China, and before failing at imposing themselves there, Google accepted to implement ruthless censorship dictated by the authoritarien government until 2006, in blatant violation of freedom of speech and freedom of information.

How can some still pretend Google is “cool” and friendly when they systematically violate human rights for the sake of increasing their financial benefit?

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LIMITLESS GROWTH OF CENTRALIZED POWER?

Google extends its powers in numerous fields such as genetics and healthcare, energy, transportation, robotics (including acquiring and selling Boston Dynamics, a US military contractant producing killer robots!), connected objects, etc.

Soon everything and everyone will be connected in realtime to Google’s centralized database. Everything and everyone profiled by a company that is already more powerful than many states.

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A dystopian nightmare for the next generations

Google, along with companies like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft or Palantir, has a determining role in influencing the future of technology. We don’t want a dystopian future where the fusion betwen humans and computers is sold as inevitable, and where interconnected machines will be used to oppress and control people.

ALGORITHMIC GOVERNANCE

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.

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“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.

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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.

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TAX EVADERS AS NEIGHBORS?

Google evades EU taxes and legislation!

Google reorganized in 2015 through the creation of its parent company Alphabet, including investment sister-companies Google Capital and Google Venture.

Google routinely evades tax by moving capitals to Bermuda, and moving their EU profits to their Dutch or Irish companies.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has claimed that [evading taxes in UK] is “capitalism” and that he was “very proud” of it.

“Google has been fined 2.42bn euros by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.” Yet while this amount of a fine -the largest by the EU- seems ridiculous in comparison to the companies’ profits (about 300M$ per day!) several EU investigations do not seem to advance very fast.

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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 in 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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Seen on Sidewalk

in front of Umspannwerk Kreuzberg

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[movie] Fuck Off, Google!

From “Cinema Committee”, 2015 Download file (1280×720 hd720 , avc1.64001F, mp4a.40.2@192k)

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A graffiti seen in Kreuzberg

“Fight the power, fight Google”

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