When it comes to Big Tech insider info – any credible testimony that the source is willing to pin their “real life” name onto – should be considered pure gold by the rest of us.
Bearing in mind that context – Project Veritas has just released a new video as part of an investigative series dedicated to political and other biases exhibited by Big Tech in the US political landscape.
Project Veritas – a conservative American non-profit – recently made waves by publishing a host of insider testimonies and leaked documents that painted a grim picture of some of the most influential social media and tech companies having, and cultivating, a clear anti-conservative bias in the United States.
Now, Project Veritas has published an on-the-record interview with a current Google engineer, named Greg Coppola.
Coppola's distinction compared to most other Project Veritas sources is that he still works for Google – and was willing to ostensibly risk that status for the sake of telling his apparent truth.
More than that – a programmer who, by his admission, has been writing code since he was ten years old – and is now entrusted with working on Google's artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm – took offense at the widespread notion that algorithms themselves can somehow act as impartial tech arbiters.
“They don't write themselves. We write them to do what want them to do,” Coppola said.
This senior software engineer, whose duties involve working on Google's “smart virtual assistant” by the same name – had this message for “all the non-programmers”:
“I really don't buy the idea that big tech is politically neutral, and I think we need to start incorporating that into whatever strategy we use to have a democracy going forward,” Coppola said.
He also defended fellow Google employees as not being political, and the company itself taking its time to build Google Assistant in order to respect “privacy and user data.”
Even so, this senior Google engineer is heard saying during the interview that he thought transparency was a big issue holding the tech giant back from being fully accountable to its users, and the wider public.
And given Google's global reach, that's an important consideration.
Coppola is quoted as saying that if Google's products were offered as open-source software – i.e., software whose code is publicly published and available for review by anyone, including its peers – “we would know why each answer was arrived at.”