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Has Google paid off an army of academic researchers?

Has Google paid off an army of academic researchers?

The Google Transparency Project, an arm of an organization called the Campaign for Accountability, released a study last week claiming that Google funneled money to hundreds of academic research projects related to antitrust, intellectual property and other legal policy issues important to the company’s bottom line. Worse, the Google Transparency Project alleged that most of the resulting publications failed to disclose Google’s financial stake in the research. Pitched as an exposé of corporate corruption of the ivory tower, the story got immediate traction in national and international media outlets.

The study comes at a time of justified public anxiety about the outsized...

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