Top web entrepreneur after Obama spying scandal: We need an alternative to Google
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the wake of the Obama administration PRISM scandal, which revealed government spies are monitoring internet users’ online communications via direct access to internal servers at companies including Google, German web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is calling for the European Union to fund an alternative to the Silicon Valley-based data giant.
Dotcom, 39, who was born Kim Schmitz but legally changed his surname in 2005 to honor his passion for the worldwide web, posted to Twitter last weekend to condemn the Obama administration’s spying efforts, and called on the European Parliament to encourage competition.
“Dear @BarackObama, this is a fight you cannot win. The Internet is more powerful than your government. We want #InternetFreedom,” Kim wrote.
In another tweet, the Megaupload.com founder said, “I ask the European Parliament to come up with an incentive program / funding for a EU search engine to compete with Google.”
Google is the largest internet search provider in the world, and one of the most commonly used websites, period. It is second only to Facebook worldwide, according to Alexa.com, and ranked number one in the United States.
The company generates revenue primarily through selling advertising, which they target to users based on their search history, e-mail content, and other data quietly collected from users of their largely-free-of-charge web services.
Even before news broke of the spying scandal, Google had drawn criticism for its involvement with and influence over politicians and policy around the world.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt served as an adviser to both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and his company has been sued and accused of double standards for rejecting conservative, pro-life, and Christian advertisements while allowing left-wing and pro-abortion ads. The company has also been accused of censoring Christian content.
The company has sought to influence the U.S. judiciary toward striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Google has also used its powerful international reach to launch a worldwide pro-homosexual campaign entitled “Legalize Love” focused on forcing their the LGBT agenda on countries that they describe as “homophobic.”
Both Poland and Singapore were targeted by Google first, because heavily Catholic Poland does not recognize same-sex couples and Singapore has laws against sodomy.
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Additionally, a Google executive based in the Middle East was jailed for 12 days for his role in the 2011 uprising in Egypt that killed hundreds of people. Wael Ghonim, a top marketing executive for the company, was the mastermind behind the Facebook page that helped to launch the revolt.
The fall of Hosni Mubarak placed Egypt closer to domination by Islamic fanaticism.
At the time, U.S. broadcaster Glenn Beck called on viewers to stop using Google out of fears that the company was involved in covert operations on behalf of the U.S. government.
“I'm really not sure that I want my search engine involved in government overthrows,” Beck said. “Seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government. Maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries. Are they just a shill now for the U.S. government?”
Added Beck, “Are you comfortable with the government partnering covertly with media organizations, search engines, and social networking so they can bring change that the Washington elites have designed?”