Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 22:40 UTC
In the News "The increase is a sign that the search engine can no longer afford to operate in a Silicon Valley vacuum. For years, Google had a reputation for indifference inside the Beltway. It took Google until May 2005 to set up a presence in Washington and even then, its headquarters consisted of a one-man lobbying shop in suburban Maryland." Do the Americans among you just accept this? Is this normal? Why aren't you guys turning to the streets when your country is quite clearly being bought left and right? I mean, I'm sure this happens everywhere, but on this scale? Gives me the creeps.
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America isn't all roses...
by minifig404 on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 23:15 UTC
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Yes, America has a ton of lobbying. Unfortunately, the only thing we the people can do is threaten to not re-elect an official. The primary reaction of the SOPA/PIPA protests wasn't an understanding of the issues with the bill, it was a fear of "getting SOPA'd". So far, I haven't exactly seen a pristine-perfect land yet, and as much room for improvement or revolution there may be, it is more important to hone in on the real problem, and get the change correct, than to act at all.

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