The Value of Connections – Promoting Vulture Capitalism via Subterranean Latticework

by Mike Wendy on January 18, 2012

The chart, “Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) SOPA List,” is by Terry Hart.  It shows how the Internet’s elite have highly organized an amazing subterranean latticework of connections to oppose the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, among other pro-private property initiatives here in DC and elsewhere across the globe.

According to Hart:

…The chart includes roughly one fifth of the entities and individuals on [CDT’s list of groups against SOPA], with connections indicating formal relationships between them. These relationships include funding — whether through investments, donations, or grants — institutional relationships, and individual relationships — such as employees, research fellows, or board members.

Additional organizations and individuals not on the CDT’s list are included for context. These are indicated by a red border.

From this chart it’s clear that the recent anti-SOPA / PIPA outpouring is anything but spontaneous.  The arachnid connections noted in the chart have been in the works for nearly 15 years.  Many of these same groups and relationships were involved in working to shackle Microsoft in its DoJ and EC anti-trust cases; trying to mandate “open source” software for exclusive purchase by governments to the detriment of “proprietary” companies like Microsoft; helping the FCC impose its ultra vires Net Neutrality regulations on network providers; and killing the AT&T / T-Mobile merger, to name but a few.

As I view the large graphic, it becomes evident that the Internet’s elite (mostly “edge providers”) are pretty darn good puppet-masters. Consequently, while one may or may not support SOPA / PIPA, one should be concerned about these connections.   They reveal the depth to which companies like Google exploit the “public interest” to hide their real intentions – which is, in my opinion, to marginalize the Internet’s content creators and property holders so they don’t interfere with the elites’ ability to make billions via the Internet’s sadly vibrant poacher culture (one which they have actively supported and promoted all these years, through all these connections).

This takes “vulture capitalism” to a new level.  Its complex latticework might even make Warren Buffett blush, embarrassed that he was not ever-so conniving in garnering his many billions.


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