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[liberationtech] Julian Assange reviews Google's "The New Digital Age"
moritz at torservers.net
Mon Jun 3 02:54:18 PDT 2013
By JULIAN ASSANGE
Published: June 1, 2013
The authors met in occupied Baghdad in 2009, when the book was
conceived. Strolling among the ruins, the two became excited that
consumer technology was transforming a society flattened by United
States military occupation. They decided the tech industry could be a
powerful agent of American foreign policy.
The prose is terse, the argument confident and the wisdom — banal. But
this isn’t a book designed to be read. It is a major declaration
designed to foster alliances.
“The New Digital Age” is, beyond anything else, an attempt by Google to
position itself as America’s geopolitical visionary — the one company
that can answer the question “Where should America go?” It is not
surprising that a respectable cast of the world’s most famous warmongers
has been trotted out to give its stamp of approval to this enticement to
Western soft power. The acknowledgments give pride of place to Henry
Kissinger, who along with Tony Blair and the former C.I.A. director
Michael Hayden provided advance praise for the book.
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