As Facebook and Google are starting to flex their muscles lobbying, critics warn that their values ??are very different from those of millions of ordinary Americans
One day last month, about 40 protesters gathered outside the house noise Mark Zuckerberg Facebook co-founder Mark in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, California. They chanted slogans and waved placards as a small select group of people who arrived in stylish sports car and escorted inside the residence where the billionaire relatively modest life with his wife, Priscilla Chan.
must have been an unusual experience for Zuckerberg, 28, whose position at the head of Facebook is more likely to arouse admiration or curiosity normal and ordinary Americans are outraged, Poster waving protesters conducted by the local police. But it was not a normal part Zuckerberg was chosen. It was his first collection policy and the election of its candidate attention. The Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie
Under the eyes of the protesters, Republican bigwigs, Condoleezza Rice began arriving to pay tribute to - and write checks - a governor who took a stand against gay marriage and higher taxes Meanwhile rich embarking on a crusade against the attacks on teachers' unions in his home state.
But fundraising was one of Zuckerberg movements in politics. This week, the
Wall Street Journal
said he was in the middle of helping to organize a support group with other technology leaders political superiors. The as yet unnamed organization to demand reforms in areas such as research on immigration, education and science. The newspaper said it had raised millions of dollars from their cash-rich donors had an initial target of $ 50 million.
is a remarkable development, but also inevitable. The technology sector has emerged in Silicon Valley and other areas of development in the United States has become a multimillion dollar industry whose largest companies - including Google, Facebook and Twitter - have fundamentally reformed the way most of us live. As he grew in power and influence, was forced to enter the field of politics, trying to change the policy and gain allies across the political spectrum. For Big Oil, Big Pharma, tobacco and big banks, you can now add High Tech. This raises an important question that is rarely asked: more as they try to shape American politics, it is the technology giants really wantKate Losse think
issue needs a lot of attention. She should know. It was one of the first employees of Facebook and Zuckerberg became a speech writer before leaving to write a book about his experiences,
The Boy King
seems aptly titled book was, and the latest technological advances in the world of politics, including the creation of a well-funded organization policy, are probably only the tip of the iceberg. "The fact that this type of development is happening suggests that there is a political project," said Losse. "So it is important to ask questions now. Otherwise, you might wake up one day and there is a system in place that we did not see coming. "
As with any other major industry, those involved in the Silicon Valley have political views across the spectrum. But, in general, are usually a mix of social liberalism and free market economy. It is a world where people are happy with the ethnic and sexual freedom, but the distrust of big government and see the "heroic entrepreneur" as an ideal ambitious. It is a political culture that has a debt with the libertarian novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, who preached that the free market was the interest of the future and the government's hand was a little more dead weight in human creativity.senior technology also courted at the highest political level. Zuckerberg and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, were two dozen technology titans who attended a private dinner with Barack Obama in 2011. In one of his State of the Union, Obama called on Google and Facebook by name as the natural heirs of the great innovators of the industrial past of America. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, recently published a book dedicated to the creation of a social movement of women in the office. It also extends to public and private sectors, having worked as a senior U.S. Treasury official: No doubt, your address book contains a lot of powerful officials Speed ??Dial