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March 28, 2006

Will TCS Daily now begin advocating Google Print?

 
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Interesting story today in the NY Times about Google's new lobbying efforts.

Now, it is a very good move for Google to take seriously the threats that come from Washington. It is right and prudent for them to defend themselves and seek redress from government through the lobbying process.

My take on this is the inside-the-Beltway, inside baseball take. The article reveals that one of the lobbying shops Google has chosen is the DCI Group.

As is well-known by now, the DCI Group is behind TCS Daily, the former TechCentralStation. The criticism of TCS has been that it is not what it claims to be, which is a new kind of policy think tank. The criticism has been that TCS is a front-end for DCI's lobbying activities.

I'll be keeping a sharp eye out for articles on TCS Daily (which has heretofore been a defender of intellectual property protection) which dismiss IP concerns related to Google Print. I've done a search of TCS Daily's site, and haven't found an article specifically dedicated to the Google Print issue, which surprised me, given TCS's emphasis on IP issues. If there is a sudden burst of activity defending Google Print, surely that will clinch the criticism of TCS as just being a pretty front-end for DCI's lobbying efforts.

I DID notice, however, in the course of my search, that somehow when TechCentralStation moved to TCSDaily, it looks like a lot of their legacy content lost its formatting. There is a whole host of articles where the spacing between paragraphs has disappeared, and you just have this big long block of undifferentiated text, which is annoying to try to read.

I should note that IPI authors have occasionally appeared on TCS Daily and its former incarnation.

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