Google Watch is a website run by Public Information Research, Inc., started in 2002 by Daniel Brandt. Its goals are to report on conflicts of interest in Google's corporate structure, the dependency of the public on it for information, invasion of privacy issues, and its trends toward and connections with private interests.
From Google Watch website:
"The privacy struggle, which includes both the old issue of consumer protection and this new issue of government surveillance, means that the question of how Google treats the data it collects from users becomes critical. Given that Google is so central to the web, whatever attitude it takes toward privacy has massive implications for the rest of the web in general, and for other search engines in particular."
- Farhad Manjoo, "Meet Mr. Anti-Google: A crusading webmaster says the popular search engine's page-ranking algorithm is "undemocratic"", Salon, August 29, 2002.
- "w:Google_Watch", Wikipedia.
- What is Google-Watch?", Google-Watch-Watch, 2003, accessed October 2005.
- Daniel Brandt, "Template spammer Chris Beasley", Google Watch, October 12, 2005. (A page critiquing www.google-watch-watch.org).