Scott Cleland's latest blog, titled How much should Google be subsidized?, is a very good exposé demonstrating the extent to which Google has successfully manipulated the public policy process to its own competitive advantage. It is not surprising that a company that has amassed the power that Google has amassed would try to use its influence to benefit itself – that happens all the time in Washington and around the country. What is surprising, and disappointing, is the extent to which, thus far, Google has been able to pull the wool over the eyes of public policymakers and elected officials in promoting self-serving regulatory policies and outright subsidies.
Let's hope that changes soon. If it does, it will be due in no small part to Scott Cleland's good work reported on the Precursor Blog.