Cameron made a Google exec a peeress and Google is investing $1 billion in a UK HQ and expects to have 3,000 employees here by 2020.
Amazon is expanding its Cambridge R&D employees to 550 and its overall UK employees to 24,000 by the end of this year.
Facebook is setting up a big UK HQ in Fitzrovia..
On Sunday the Observer took this trend to the point of paranoia pointing out the linkage between the West Coast tech giants, Cambridge Analytica, Palantir, AggregateIQ, Nigel Farage, computer genius and billionaire Robert Mercer, Peter Thiel, Steve Bannon and President Trump.
A Cambridge Analytica guy tells the Observer that the company is a “psychological warfare firm – psychological operations – the same methods the military use to effect mass sentiment change. It’s what they mean by winning ‘hearts and minds’. We were just doing it to win elections in the kind of developing countries that don’t have many rules.”
Countries where Cambridge Analytica are said to have operated are Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Iran and Moldova and latterly the UK’s Brexit Referendum and in the US Presidential election.
In the Brexit Referendum they are claimed to have turned the result by, allegedly, targeting a mere 600,000 ‘persuadable’ electors – representing 1% of the electorate, the company was able to sway the result.
In the US Presidential Election Cambrige Analytica claimed to have amassed 500 data points on every US elector.
Palantir, the data mining company founded by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, one of President Trump’s chums, has contracts with several governments and with the GCHQ and NSA.
The overall contention is that big money from a few billionaires and big data, mined and manipulated by big tech companies, are deciding elections and swaying them in favour of those who want an authoritarian surveillance state.