“We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly,” reads the opening of a letter obtained by the Daily Business News on MHProNews.
It’s news that has implications for manufactured housing on several levels, as will be noted further below. This is an issue that was bubbling during the run-up to the midterms, so millions missed the news that 1400 Google employees were internally protesting against a corporate project code-named “Dragonfly.”
“We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory,” said the new letter, published today.
“Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” said the employee generated protest letter.
Their concerns relate to numerous concerns previously raised for industry consideration on MHProNews, as well as in mainstream media, such as the CBS News report, found posted below.
“Our company’s [Google’s] decision comes as the Chinese government is openly expanding its surveillance powers and tools of population control,” said the employee letter.
“Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely,” the letter’s growing number of signatories stated.
Why This Matters to MHVille
Let’s first note anew that in the industry’s trade media, most of the serious issues are being publicly raised by what may seem at time to be only a few lonely voices, and published here on MHProNews, and usually no where else in our industry’s trade media. Yet, even the top man at a competing industry site with a blog told MHProNews’ publisher that ‘you write about the topics like the problem of monopoly [in manufactured housing] that thousands of the industry’s professionals privately talk about at bars and restaurants.’
With that brief backdrop – which helps explains our trade media’s runaway larger audience – MHProNews alone published reports on troubling subjects like problems that Google and Facebook pose to our industry, and the nation.
Our Creepy Line Video report was just one of those Daily Business News items, which is arguably as relevant today, as it was when it was first published.
Back to those Google employees letter, “We join with Amnesty International in demanding that Google cancel Dragonfly. We also demand that leadership commit to transparency, clear communication, and real accountability. Google is too powerful not to be held accountable.”
With that once more in mind, it is also good to recall that President Donald J. Trump has signaled his concerns over this issue, and MHProNews published a draft executive order about anti-trust efforts, at this link below.
MHProNews has also connected the dots between other methods of modern propaganda, including a tip from a senior MHI member company, linked below.
MHProNews reminds readers that work for Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or like operations that want to provide news tips that they should avoided sending them from company email addresses, or from company issued cell phones.
It was industry insiders that provided exclusive reports like the one linked below.
Industry insider news tips have also been critical for items like those linked further below, or provided insights on the “debacle” at Cavco Industries.
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The following are not the only purported purveyors of monopolistic moats, manipulating misinformation, or harmful policies and practices. But they are a good start. The companies listed ought to broken up under federal antitrust laws. Not regulated. Broken up. Don’t worry, the world didn’t stop when the AT&T monopoly was broken up in the 1980s, America benefited.