• http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ Matt Cutts

    I think that people should note that a principal investigator on this grant, Chris Hoofnagle, served as director of the west coast office of EPIC. EPIC lobbied the government to shut down Gmail in 2004 and Google Apps in 2009. Remember when Google and Earthlink wanted to offer free wifi to San Francisco? EPIC wasn’t a fan, saying that “the Earthlink / Google proposal seeks to create a surveillance infrastructure for San Francisco by allowing greater deployment of video cameras and automated enforcement tools, such as parking meters.”

    I think the study would have been more credible if Hoofnagle’s connections to EPIC were disclosed in the study.