If you read the headlines on the Internet after Eric Schmidt spoke at the World Economic Forum, you’d be forgiven for thinking there won’t be an Internet on which to read Eric Schmidt headlines much longer
The executive chairman of Google used the words “the Internet will disappear” when asked for his predictions Thursday, and that statement — unusual and provocative when taken out of context — lead just about every story on the tech side of the WEF gathering in Davos, Switzerland.
In fact, what Schmidt was talking about was the same vague concept at which many a tech business leader has been hammering away in recent months: the Internet of ThingsRead more…
Pando has written before about Occupy Wall Street co-founder, turned Google employee, Justine Tunney.
Previously Tunney, who describes herself as “a developer working on Google’s gTLD infrastructure,” has called for the crowdfunding of a private militia to train future anti-capitalist protesters. While employed by Google, she also lead a campaign to influence the company’s search algorithms to stop showing Justin Wedes as Occupy’s founder and instead display former Adbusters editor Micah White.
Arguably her strangest public act came three months ago when Tunney dumbfounded her former Occupy colleagues by starting a petition to abolish the US Government and have its authority handed over to Google.
Unfortunately the petition failed to meet the 150 signatures in 30 days threshold required to remain active and so has been removed from the White House website.
1. Retire all government employees with full pensions. 2. Transfer sovereignty to the tech industry. 3. Appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America.
Apparently figuring that her previous failure to win popular support was down to the quality of her propaganda materials, Tunney also made, and posted, these stirring posters…
(Just a reminder: This person is currently employed at Google, apparently with control over its domain names.)
Incredibly, despite those amazing slogans, many of those who responded to Tunney still weren’t buying the idea that Google should be responsible for providing all of the services currently the responsibility the federal government. And they really didn’t like the idea of handing over power to Eric Schmidt: A man who, as Pando reported, was the ringleader of the biggest Silicon Valley wage fixing cartel in history:
Tunney’s response to this? Piffle!
“Each software engineer at google creates over $ 1m/year wealth for the company. I’m aware of the fact that I’m underpaid,” she said. BUT “[Schmidt] also pays for me to have free food, massages, and pays me to go on vacation… I know he’d be generous because he already has lots of power, and is already generous.”
As the negative replies continued to roll in, Tunney started to lose patience: “Unsuccessful people have this nasty habit of blaming everyone else for their problems,” wrote the former co-founder of Occupy Wall Street.
I suppose it’s testament to Google’s — well — something, that Tunney’s managers seem so unperturbed by one of their engineers attracting so much mediaattention, while shouting from the rooftops that her employer should be made unelected king of America (the day after 4th of July, no less). It almost makes you wonder if Tunney is the only Googler who thinks it’s the company’s destiny to one day rule us all.
Just in case she’d been quietly let go, I asked Tunney on Twitter whether she was still employed by Google.
“Why would I quit?” she responded.
Paul Carr is editorial director of Pando. Previously he was founder and editor in chief of NSFWCORP.