Dutch West America

No matter how it uses its power, Google might be the single most powerful corporate entity ever to exist.

In principle (and perhaps already has in practice) it could determine the fate of elections, of wars, of what we do or more likely do not do to combat climate change.

There is no part of the world unaffected, and a minor algorithm tweak affects billions of people — their opinions, their ideas, their very thoughts.

Used to be, power was in controlling bodies, determining who went where and did what. These days, it’s controlling the minds of who controls those bodies, including their own.

Google has a complete de facto lock on the information access of billions, and fighting for net neutrality will do absolutely nothing to help with this.