Call for Support: Link to Google Will Eat Itself

Posted: March 22, 2007 at 2:55 pm    |  14 Comments

Google Will Eat Itself announced that their domain gwei.org is now fully censored on all Google Search-Indexes worldwide. What a scandal!

The idea behind GWEI is simple:

Google Will Eat Itself generates money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites. With this money GWEI automatically buy Google shares. GWEI buys Google via their own advertisment. Google eats itself – but in the end “we” own it. By establishing this autocannibalistic model we deconstruct the new global advertisment mechanisms by rendering them into a surreal click-based economic model. After this process GWEI hands over the common ownership of “our” Google Shares to the GTTP Ltd. [Google To The People Public Company] which distributes them back to the users (clickers) / public.

Let’s break the silence and put a link to this project on our sites and blogs: http://www.gwei.org. Give Google back to people! GWEI is an interesting case how to imagine a new global public sphere. How to reverse privatization and rethink a truely public Internet without the Googles and Yahoos.

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  1. Chris Car » Support “Google will eat itself” says:

    March 25th, 2007 at 10:58 pm (#)

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  2. » Dr. Google and Mr Big Brother > AmiCalmant.CA (comme dans Christian Aubry:) says:

    March 26th, 2007 at 1:43 am (#)

    [...] Google will eat itself (via Vu d’ici et Net Critique) [...]

  3. » Links for 26-03-2007 » Velcro City Tourist Board » Blog Archive says:

    March 26th, 2007 at 5:24 am (#)

    [...] 6 – Call for Support: Link to Google Will Eat Itself “Google Will Eat Itself generates money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites.” Some interesting anti-digi-capitalist activism, via Captain Sterling. (tags: weird business concept protest activism anticorporate digital internbet Itself Eat Will Google GWEI) [...]

  4. netzmedium » Blog Archive » Google zensiert “Google will eat itself” says:

    March 26th, 2007 at 9:18 am (#)

    [...] Geert Loovink ruft zu einer Link-Unterstützungsaktion für “Google will eat itself” auf. Das von der Künstlergruppe uebermorgen.com ins Leben gerufene Projekt plant seit längerem, die Einkünfte aus AdSense-Anzeigen in Google-Aktien anzulegen um Google aufzukaufen. Dieses Ziel soll in ca. 200 Mio Jahren erreicht sein. Da die Klicks auf die AdSense-Anzeigen auch von Robots ausgeführt werden, reagierte Google zunächst mit Anwaltspost und hat die Seite jetzt komplett aus ihrem Index verbannt. Was sicherlich die wesentlich effektivere Art ist, zu zeigen, wer am längeren Hebel sitzt. Geert Loovink schreibt: Google Will Eat Itself (http://www.gwei.org) announced that is now fully censored on all Google Search-Indexes worldwide. What a scandal! [...]

  5. Annie Abrahams says:

    March 26th, 2007 at 11:39 am (#)

    I wanted to join your proposition and put “Shame. Google Will Eat Itself ( http://www.gwei.org ) is fully censored on all Google Search-Indexes worldwide. ” on my website.
    but before
    I checked
    I can find lots of links to “Google will eat itself” and also to GWEI.
    Only the gwei.org domain is censored, the project continues, or don’t I understand this.

    So I have put “Shame. http://www.gwei.org (Google Will Eat Itself) is censored on all Google Search-Indexes. “

  6. The revolution will not be advertised at Jonathan Zittrain says:

    March 26th, 2007 at 3:00 pm (#)

    [...] http://www.networkcultures.org/geert/2007/03/22/call-for-support-link-to-google-will-eat-itself/ [...]

  7. Nicola Battista says:

    March 27th, 2007 at 9:05 am (#)

    just wondering: does Google remember the “Toywar” case (etoy v. eToys)? ;-)

  8. BURAK ARIKAN » » Support GWEI! says:

    March 27th, 2007 at 11:46 pm (#)

    [...] Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) project is the powerful critique of the networked monopoly Google. GWEI website is recently censored on Google search indexes. Give them a link in your website so that people can reach the project. [...]

  9. Jan Kremlacek :: Blog » Blog Archive » Google will eat itself says:

    March 29th, 2007 at 1:36 pm (#)

    [...] net critique’s author Geert Lovink is calling for support for Google Will Eat Itself. I do! Do it too please. [...]

  10. pedro b s says:

    April 1st, 2007 at 3:45 am (#)

    Good news: I checked too and I think the censorship has stoped… Check for yourself. If that censorship was real, I hope Google NEVER do it again…

  11. gegenglueck says:

    April 3rd, 2007 at 10:49 pm (#)

    I’m late but before putting a support link to http://gegenglueck.org I’ve just checked Google: de and com return both the gwei page as first result.

  12. testblog » links for 2007-03-25 says:

    April 4th, 2007 at 4:11 pm (#)

    [...] net critique » Blog Archive » Call for Support: Link to Google Will Eat Itself (tags: ubermorgen) [...]

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    April 12th, 2007 at 11:51 am (#)

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  14. Claus says:

    April 25th, 2007 at 4:12 pm (#)

    The GWEI project itself could be construed as click-fraud which could be a reasonable explanation for the block. As an art project that represents a victory in itself, but if we evaluate the project in earnest then it is almost woth celebrating if the network of click-generating sites live on and make money without making any reference to GWEI.

    But I’ll admit it smells funny, as long as GWEI maintains a strict separation between the collection sites and the project site.

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