With recent, widespread censorship of independent and conservative media channels on YouTube, it is now vital to understand the dynamics of YouTube, Google, and the overall institutions within the Internet we have today.
Currently, the public seems apathetic to the supreme power amassed by Google, we have even adopted “Google” as a verb within our common language. If we want to research something we say just ‘google it,’ setting a precedent that the only valuable way to educate ourselves is through the use of the Google Search Engine. Perhaps society does not realize how many companies and projects Google is correlated with or how much we, as taxpayers, contribute to their colossal power.
Let’s begin with examining YouTube as a company. YouTube’s current CEO is Susan Wojcicki whose claim to fame was supposedly renting out her garage to Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as they were incorporating their new company in 1998. When Google took off, Wojcicki found herself an executive position with the company as Vice President of Advertising & Commerce. She contributed in large part to the creation of Google Images, Books, AdSense and Analytics. In 2007, she brokered the $3.1 billion deal to buy DoubleClick, a massive advertisement agency providing services to companies such as Microsoft, GM, Apple, Motorola, etc. Only later would the public find out that Google was selling off consumer information to these (and other) advertisers.
Google Video was receiving steep competition from the startup company YouTube. In 2006, Wojcicki decided to purchase the company making it an additional Google subsidiary. Still CEO of Google at the time, Eric Schmidt assisted Wojcicki in effectively launching YouTube on a global scale. By 2014, Wojcicki decided to take over the company and became the CEO of Youtube.
Time has referred to her as “the most powerful woman on the internet.” Additionally, with her $410 million net worth, she has easily become one of the most powerful women in the world. Though with her husband Dennis Troper also being a Google executive, specializing in Android Wear, it is likely they have attained even greater wealth. Additionally, their foundation: The Troper and Wojcicki Foundation is publicly inaccessible, it has no website, address, or even a Board of Directors to view. The sole way to find the foundation is through bridge-registry.org (Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities). Yet another elitist foundation reminiscent of their Pay to Play pals, Eric Schmidt and Hillary Clinton, who have set up foundations for all their money needs?
Nevertheless, the power of YouTube and sharing of ideas has become abundantly clear. This is why dozens of countries around the globe, including Russia and Germany, have censored YouTube at one time or another. Other countries have the platform completely banned from its citizenry and some, such as Armenia, have been known to block the site around election time to prevent the free flowing of information. According to Alexa Internet, the video sharing platform is listed at #2 on the highest rated websites in the world. It comes as little surprise, then, Wojcicki would want to ban YouTube users who do not conform to the Google agenda.
23andMe: DNA Collection
Susan Wojcicki’s family members have been in the public spotlight as well for their own successes. Her sister, Ann Wojcicki, co-founded the private biotech company 23andMe, which specializes in DNA testing and analysis. Under the Legal Section on the company website, 23andMe admits to storing genetic data and sharing it with other 3rd party entities.
According to Scientific American, “23andMe is Terrifying, but Not for the Reasons the FDA Thinks.” In 2013, 23andMe and the FDA were having issues regarding regulation, the FDA had concerns with the accuracy of the testing and requested additional information. Suddenly, 23andMe brazenly decided to go rogue. They ceased communications with the FDA and stopped complying in the investigation, as if answering to a government agency was inconsequential. Eventually, the investigation was brushed over; as well as the especially disconcerting main concern. The primary intention of their Personal Genome Service is not delivering a medical device to consumers, but rather to fulfill a fantastic project of gathering massive genetic information on an unknowing public.
Consider the evolution of Google throughout its lifespan. Google founder Sergey Brin married Ann Wojcicki prior to her 23andMe launch and, unsurprisingly, their companies have much in common. Both seem to have a constant, unquenchable thirst for collecting enormous amounts of data on a currently unaware and naive public. In the beginning, Google claimed it was simply a useful tool for the public to use and would not store or share our data. As we discovered, they were selling information from the beginning to the highest bidder and created a massive consumer database. 23andMe follows the same tactic of initially denying any wrongdoing, followed by eventual admission of just the opposite. 23andMe board member, Patrick Chung, tells Fast Company “Once you have the data, it does actually become the Google of personalized health care.” The connections appear to run deep between Google and 23andMe. This business relationship, including everything from genetic information collecting to storing billions of Internet users' data, is worrisome to say the least.
GOOGLE And The CIA
In a recent article on Medium “How the CIA made Google,” Investigative Reporter Ahmed details how the CIA helped Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin craft what we know today as Google. According to the article, from its infancy Google was financed as part of the Massive Digital Data Systems (MDDS) initiative, a network jumpstarted by the CIA. This confirms former CIA officer Robert Steele’s claim of his colleague acting as a CIA liaison at Google as well as setting up the initial financing for the IT project.
Unfortunately, these Google roads lead even further than the Central Intelligence Agency and directly toward the world’s largest particle physics laboratory: CERN.
CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider, an enormous, experimental device that has been widely ridiculed due to its self-evident dangers of colliding atoms together miles below the surface in an effort (partially) to mimic the Big Bang. CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web, created in 1990 by scientist Tim Berners-Lee.
It turns out the story of Susan and Ann Wojcicki's success actually begins with their father, Professor Stanley Wojcicki. According to the Stanford website and his Wikipedia profile, Professor Wojcicki has been a physicist at Stanford since the 1980s. Officially, the professor’s story includes fleeing from Warsaw, Poland to escape communist control.
From an older Wikileaks document we can see there is a little more to the story. The 1978 document (https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978WARSAW02270_d.html) shows a travel request for Professor Wojcicki from Poland to the U.S. under the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is a U.S. government agency involved in science and engineering with an annual budget of approximately $7 billion. At the National Science Foundation, the professor was a fellow working at CERN. Of course the beginning of his work at CERN, was around the time period in which the World Wide Web was created in the same laboratory.
However the impact of the National Science Foundation does not stop with Susan Wojcicki’s father. The Google co-founders, Page and Brin, also had a fellowship with the NSF. In the late 90s, the founders received massive funding from the agency as they were creating Google... in the Wojcicki home.
To go full circle, it seems it is not merely a private company censoring millions on the Internet and violating free speech. Google, from its infancy, has been a government creation. Its relation to the CIA, CERN and other government agencies have been hidden quite well for some time.
Recently, with their decision to assist the Pentagon in building Artificial Intelligence for drones, a clearer picture is finally being painted - a frightening one at that. Google has not only collected and stored data from billions of Internet users, it also has easy access to thousands of DNA specimens, has been funded by the CIA and we now know they have been closely tied to CERN from the beginning. This amount of egregious power Google has acquired, has quickly surpassed any company in human history. A power that will only continue to exponentially expand so long as the public remains unaware and apathetic.
Written by Yvonne Parkinson, FULCRUM News