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Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - 15:00 - Invitation to the Anti-Google Café:face2face
The fight is over, or everything goes on?
For the time being, Google is not moving into the Umspannwerk (transformer station ) in Kreuzberg itself, but is leasing the 3,000 square meters to two social initiatives, Betterplace and Karuna. How this change in Google's strategy can be explained can probably only be seen in the near future. However, it cannot be denied that the continuous actions against the Google campus have contributed to Google not being able to come to Kreuzberg and settle there simply like that. The (image) damage that Google has suffered recently, based on small and large, mostly informal actions, has allowed the giant corporation to go on a new charm offensive in order to ward off even more damage. The pictures of the Google bosses in Berlin, like Rowan Barnett who now as a "social angel" hands over the key of the substation to some social initiative, are supposed to blur the negative output that has been articulated in the streets of Kreuzberg in the last two years. Google the responsible "Big Brother", who not only knows what is good for humanity, but also for the inhabitants* of Kreuzberg and Berlin.
The criticism of the Google campus was never only that of repression and rent increases, but more and more the role Google plays in refining domination and control. This technological progress, or attack, does not hang alone on the Google campus, but is all-encompassing in the prevailing discourse, from new tech companies in Berlin, via industry 4.0. to the political agenda of all parties to technologization. The fight against Google and Co. is a fight against the existing rule and how it manifests itself. Exposing the lies of politicians and self-proclaimed "neighborhood spokespersons" is unimportant here, because this is their job to maintain the status quo and pacify protests. Because one strength of the fight against the Google campus is certainly the broad refusal to enter into negotiations, and the political chatterers do not give control over the fight. The change of plans of Google were not fought for in the offices, but on the street.

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