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Barbara Cassin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278060

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278060.001.0001

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Don’t Be Evil

Don’t Be Evil

(p.64) 4 Don’t Be Evil
Google Me

Barbara Cassin

, Michael Syrotinski
Fordham University Press

This chapter looks closely at Google’s ethical claims, with reference to Leibniz (“the best of all possible worlds”), Spinoza (users as “monads”), and Weber (his Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism). Google is seen, not surprisingly, as fundamentally undemocratic and unethical, most particularly through the algorithm that drives it AdWords and the compromised political stance of its relation to China.

Keywords:   AdWords, Bigbrotherisation, China, democracy, disclaimer, Leibniz, semantic web, US Patriot Act

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