ALERT ! Some time in the beginning of 2018 Google plans to open their seventh “Campus” project. In Berlin ! In Kreuzberg ! At Ohlauer Str. and Paul Linke Ufer in the Umspannwerk, a power station – known as the “cathedral of electricity ” – designed by Hans Heinrich Müller and built between 1925-29.
Other campus cities are Tel Aviv, London, Sao Paulo, Madrid, Warsaw, Seoul.
From the Google website: “We build community hubs, called Campuses, where entrepreneurs come to learn, share ideas, and launch great startups. “
But that is definitely NOT the full story ! Google’s history, Silicon Valley and the whole predatory environments of powerful tech industries shaping our new digital society is a complex tale, which is crucial for understanding ad navigating our turbulent times !
For a number of reasons – see more below – Google’s intentions to set up shop in Kreuzberg has triggered a number of concerns and outrage from local residents in the area … and the neighborhood has sprung into action to prevent it since last spring !
One group working on this, in addition to other gentrifcation issues, has opened up a semi-permanent Kiezladen in Leignitzstr.18 ( open haus on tuesdays and thursdays ) … and together with Lause Bleibt and Bizim Kiez are hosting an evening to inform the public about this threatening Google move :
< DEc 18 > “Google ist Kein Guter Nachbar !” 18-19h at the Umspannwerk
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FLYER SIDE A
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NOW IS THE TIME ! SAY NO TO GOOGLE CAMPUS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD(S) !
Google is a corporation deeply entangled with US imperialism, the military industrial complex, the CIA + NSA, and a “vampire engine” of neoliberalism and the new cybernetic krapitalism. And it’s now one of the top 5 most powerful companies in the world !
In December of 2016, one month after Donald Trump was elected president, the CEOs of the largest US tech companies met in NYC at Trump Tower. Larry Page ( Google ) and Eric Schmidt ( Alphabet ) were both present. None of them stood up and condemned his racism, misogyny, sexism, bigotry, narcissism, greed, diplomatic ineptitude, nor any of his long list of moronic visions for the future of the most militarily-armed nation-state on planet earth. All of this was on full display during his campaign which lasted nearly 2 nauseating years. Silicon Valley still remains mostly silent !
Clearly Google is a company run by executives, who are either equally self-absorbed + sociopathic as Trump himself, or complete cowards ! This is a company far too irresponsible to be allowed to operate ANY kind of “campus” in ANY city. Berlin and particularly Kreuzberg, with its rich history of social justice activism has an incredible window of opportunity to make visible our demands and to demonstrate against this most embarrassing and entirely complicit corporation !
Jeff Nesbit, former director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation wrote on DEC 8th, 2017 ” Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online. … The collaboration between the intelligence community and big, commercial science and tech companies has been wildly successful. ” ( article for QZ )
We should add, these tools are not only used for national security, but were simultaneously used by the state and private sector to create an anti-democratic and dangerously powerful internet monopoly on a global future+governance+humanity-shaping scale !
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SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR ! GOOGLE IS NOT WELCOME HERE !
FLYER SIDE B
A CITY CREATED FROM BELOW IS A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIVE CREATURE !
CITIES CONTROLLED BY POWERS FROM ABOVE ARE THE REAL DANGER !
( We flipped the usual image of a tentacled corporate monster to imagine ourselves NOT as avictim, but as a positive force of nature, which is capable of becoming cleverly dark or deconstructive IF and WHEN necessary to face its enemies. One may interpret the ship on the horizon as another colonial-era invader… this time a new technological and global-scale menace !? )
A FEW RESOURCES :
- GLOREICHE NACHBARSCAFT
- LAUSE BLEIBT
- BIZIM KIEZ
- KOTTI AND CO.
- ANTI-GOOGLE CAFÉ
- WIR BLEIBEN ALLE !
We recommend using DUCKDUCKGO or STARTPAGE to find those not listed with URL !
There’s LOTS of organizing already happening, some of which may prefer to remain offline !
Talk with your friends and neighbors, and consider starting your own affinity and action groups !