Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 11:01 UTC

President Barack Obama hosted Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives and civil liberties leaders on Thursday for a closed-door meeting about government surveillance, sources tell POLITICO.

Five hundred years ago, our ancestors started the fight to separate church and state. Now it's time we separate corporation and state.

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by mistersoft on Fri 9th Aug 2013 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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Can't vote you up there Alfman, but could agree more!

That's (or should be) the absolute foundation of a working democracy ; at least of a representative democracy.

I understand corporations will want 'a voice' but it should most certainly be 'through the people' perhaps they could court ordinary voters to join government run corporate 'facebook groups'(call them peoplefacinguptoit-book groups or whatever) which could then be allowed the ear of some government official(s) - with a proportion weight given to the number of members -- zero money should be involved ; or be allowed to be involved!

Plus of course, all members of such group should be invited to any and all meetings that might transpire - and at least a handful of random members should be allowed attend - all done transparently of course!

a bit like a pro-corporation peoples-union -- it's a perverse idea perhaps, but not as perverse as the current status quo

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