“Justine Tunney, a self-styled ‘champagne tranarchist,’ is now a software engineer at Google, but remains involved with Occupy Wall Street, through the occupywallst.org website, which she created,” Hern reports. “In the petition, which currently has two signatures (a far cry from the 195,000 who follow the Occupy Wall Street twitter account Tunney started in 2011), she calls on Obama to arrange a national referendum to: Retire all government employees with full pensions; Transfer administrative authority to the tech industry; Appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America.”
Hern reports, “Yasha Levine, a reporter for Silicon Valley publication Pando Daily, noted the seeming discrepancy between Tunney’s former anarchist beliefs and her current role at Google. Since her arrival at the firm, he writes, ‘she has become an astroturfer par excellence for the company, including showing up in a comment section to bash my reporting on Google’s vast for-profit surveillance operation.’”
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