pipedreams Posted February 24, 2021 Share Posted February 24, 2021 (edited) This article explores the revolving door between private companies and top government positions, many of which are fraught with conflicts of interest and yet rarely in the national interest. Eisenhower warned of the dangers posed by a “technological elite”. ⁃ TN Editor "In June 2019, Susan Gordon stood on a stage at the Washington Convention Center. Behind her loomed three giant letters, “AWS,” the abbreviation for Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of the giant Internet retailer. After three decades at the Central Intelligence Agency, Gordon had risen to one of the top jobs in the cloak-and-dagger world: principal deputy director of national intelligence. From that perch she publicly extolled the virtues of Amazon Web Services and the cloud services the tech giant provides the CIA. Gordon left government in August 2019, two months after her AWS summit talk. In November 2019 she became senior advisor to a consultancy with close Amazon connections and in April joined the board of defense contractor with extensive AWS business. Gordon is one of scores of former government officials who have landed lucrative work in Big Tech." https://www.technocracy.news/understanding-eisenhowers-warning-of-technological-elite-takeover/ https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/02/23/60_years_after_eisenhowers_warning_distinct_signs_of_a_digital-intelligence_complex_127207.html "Critics of tech industry power and influence point out that Big Tech is now among the biggest employers of lobbyists, hiring primarily those who formerly worked for government. In 2010 Amazon fielded eight lobbyists. Last year the company flooded the zone with 118, according to the Center for Responsive Politics." Edited February 24, 2021 by pipedreams 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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