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Former UK lottery quango Nesta pocketed cash from Google to set up a Big Tech-friendly think tank. The details of Google's influence in European academic life are detailed in a report by the Campaign for Accountability (CfA), an initiative part-funded by Google's competitors. Google turned out to be the only corporate sponsor …

  1. Daggerchild Silver badge

    Always the bribes made, never the bribed

    Are Google the only one with this 'everything they touch logically becomes a puppet of evil' thing? Facebook? Amazon? MS? IBM? Goop?

    Will Lily Cole ever be forgiven for criticising the Reg?

    1. Paul Ellis

      Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

      None of them have the same track record for lobbying, and corrupting academics, that Google has. If they did, the the Campaign for Accountability would have pointed that out.

      1. Daggerchild Silver badge

        Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

        So, we really are glossing over Microsoft's EU lobbying budget for the last 10 years then.

        You really don't consider it possible that overly-logical academic researchers might actually agree with overly-logical algorithmic researchers, of their own free will? Or is that the criteria of 'corrupted'?

        If not, the cure is obvious - If academia is simply a tapestry of bribes, just buy them back. Ask Oracle or Microsoft. They'll be happy to help.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

          "So, we really are glossing over Microsoft's EU lobbying budget for the last 10 years then."

          Different business models. Microsoft flogs stuff - or it did when it knew what it was doing. Google flogs *other people's* stuff, and lobbies for free access to it.

          'Free', of course, makes your modern academic come in his pants because it gives him and his students 'free' access to other people's stuff, to paste into their dissertations and research papers, and thereby get them money. Hence the corruption.

          1. Daggerchild Silver badge

            Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

            Okay so, did you notice Bing is profitable? What do you think Microsoft are successfully selling there?

            I think you went to a very different academia to me..

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

      What is Lily Cole?

      I would Google for it but…

      Cheers… Ishy

      1. handleoclast

        Re: Always the bribes made, never the bribed

        @Ishtiaq

        site:theregister.co.uk lily cole

        That might answer your question. Or not. I can't be arsed following the links to find out.

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