Over the last five years, six leading academic institutes in the EU have taken tens of millions of pounds of funding from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft to research issues linked to the tech firms' business models. Read the @NewStatesman story 👉newstatesman.com/business/se…
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An academic working w/Google funded network said the tech giant sometimes suggests policy discussions researchers should investigate: “So from time to time, they’ll send us things that are being debated... [such as] the Digital Markets Act.”
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Yet, we can't even map this influence as many don't disclose their funders. Others do it inconsistently. That needs to change. Academics & other experts must always disclose possible conflicts of interest. More on Big Tech's EU lobbying network 👉corporateeurope.org/en/2020/…

9:52 AM · Aug 2, 2021

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Replying to @corporateeurope
Are research institutes required to register in the lobby registry + disclose their funding? This being said, financing independent research is a much broader problem, and IMO less armful than a lot of other lobbying techniques.
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Some have to register, others don't. Depends on whether the institute engages in influencing activities. Right now, those registered don't have to disclose funding. With upcoming reform, that should change.
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