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Comment: Thanks to corporations, instead of democracy we get Baywatch

Author: George Monbiot, Guardian [UK], Published on: 13 September 2005

The internet at least has helped to promote revolutions of varying degrees of authenticity in Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Argentina and Bolivia. But the flaw in Friedman's [New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman] theory is that he forgets the intermediaries. The technology which runs the internet did not sprout from the ground. It is provided by people with a commercial interest in its development. Their interest will favour freedom in some places and control in others. And they can and do turn it off. [refers to Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, Cisco Systems, Harper Collins, Morgan Stanley, BP]

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Related companies: BP Cisco Systems Google (part of Alphabet) Harper Collins (part of News Corp) Microsoft Morgan Stanley Yahoo! (part of Verizon)