Operation Occupy Google!

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Twenty some East Bay and San Francisco peeps headed down from Berkeley this morning to Mountain View to – and, no, I’m not making this up – Occupy Google.


Hoping to engage the Google community in discussion about Net Neutrality and spur Google’s management (hello Sergei! hello Larry! hey there Eric!) to take further again to protect the Internet for use by all, for the benefit of all, they’ve taken up residence on Google’s campus between 101 and the Bay, with a popup, wireless infrastructure and more.

They’ve established a website, occupygoogl.com, and on it is an invitation

Come join us in a 24/7 occupation of Google headquarters
to create a space for open dialog on the future of the Internet.

A press release…

“We are assembled to pressure Google to take action and protect net neutrality in order to maintain an open internet. We believe the internet must remain as a space:

  1. Without discrimination against users
  2. Without censorship of content
  3. Without access fees

We are among many who are wary that a proposal by the FCC to regulate the Internet could lead to censorship of content by Internet Service Providers. An open letter directed at the FCC was signed by dozens of major technology corporations including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Their letter claims that the proposed changes to regulation “represent a grave threat to the internet.”

Unrestricted access to information is a cornerstone of democracy. Our actions today will define the information available in our society tomorrow. The occupation of Google Headquarters aims to generate momentum nationwide to defend net neutrality and the open Internet.

We call on anyone in solidarity with the open internet to join us in this occupation.

The demonstrators have invited, “all those concerned with maintaining the Internet as a free and horizontal communication platform to join us here at 6pm every day for a general assembly to discuss how to move forward in defending Internet freedom.”

A page from their website states, “The truth is that the internet is quickly becoming the greatest catalyst for transforming the world we live in. It is through these tools that we have recently seen governments & corporations challenged, entire political systems revamped, and new innovations birthed.

We are taking action to defend the Internet as our public commons.”

Contact: OccupyGoogle@hushmail.com

Phone: (510) 543-4582

And a statement…

The Internet is one of the most powerful tools we have for changing the world.

The choices we make today will determine how this amazing tool will be used to craft the world we live in tomorrow.

Since it’s inception, the Internet has remained a horizontal space where all users have equal access to information & communication. As the FCC considers new rules that will allow for large corporations to have faster connection pathways than individuals, we must consider what kind of internet we want. There is an overwhelming consensus that we all want an Internet based on a few simple principles: a space that does not discriminate between it’s users, a space that does not limit content or censor information, and a space that does not require you to pay to have greater access. This is the essence of net neutrality.

The truth is that the Internet is quickly becoming the greatest catalyst for transforming and changing the world we live in. It is through these tools that we have recently seen governments & corporations challenged, entire political systems revamped, and new innovations birthed.

They’ve also created a set of requests for Google:

  • Blackout their entire website for a day, replacing it with a link to petitions and the FCC comment page.
  • Add a link to their homepage to inform visitors and connect them to petitions online.
  • Create their own creative way to connect their users to this issue and how to fight back.

You can get updates on the action from the website and via the twitter accounts

@occupygoogl, @occupyoakland and perhaps elsewhere.


One Response to “Operation Occupy Google!”

  1. GNUWorldOrder

    Folks initially set up inside the Google campus and security rolled out and asked us to leave. The police came and after contacting Google higher-ups they decided to let us stay. At some point a Google security vehicle came by and dropped off a case of water. Things were pretty chill, even after a few tents were set up until about 9:30 or so when it became apparent that people intended to sleep over and a CBS Channel 5 news van appeared. They we heard that they wanted us to leave, and security approached the group and said that they planned to call the cops on us. A police vehicle just came up at 10:50, we’ll see what is going to happen.