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Corporate Sociopathy

Over on Memex, John Naughton makes a good point worth remembering regarding tech companies (the ‘don’t be evil’ crowd):

“Anyone who thinks that tech companies are different from any other ruthless corporation hasn’t been paying attention.

My view of tech firms is that they are indistinguishable from tobacco, oil and mining companies, i.e. intrinsically sociopathic and ruthless. And there isn’t a barrel they won’t scrape when threatened. We saw this on the Observer when we broke the Cambridge Analytica story. Facebook’s legal and other actions that Friday night provided a master-class in corporate viciousness.”

Further reading: “Why Corporations are Psychotic“.

Previously, previously, previously (if you needed evidence).