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December 2013: "Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., are among the business leaders who have set up GRATs, SEC filings show."

June 2013: "Instead, we get San Francisco newcomer, Facebook CEO, and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg pursuing his own interest with ruthless disregard for life on Earth. This year, Zuckerberg formed a politically active nonprofit,, that sought to influence the immigration debate to make it easier for Silicon Valley corporations to import tech workers. There has been no ideology involved, only expediency, in how pursued its ends. It decided to put its massive financial clout to work giving politicians whatever they wanted in hopes that this would lead to an advantageous quid pro quo arrangement. Toward that end, the group began running ads in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline (that will bring particularly carbon-dirty tar sands from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast) to support a Republican senator and other ads in favor of drilling in Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to support an Alaskan Democrat."

July 2012: "Mr. Hastings's attitude can be found elsewhere among Silicon Valley's new elite. When Mr. Zuckerberg negotiated to acquire Instagram for $1 billion, he reportedly told his board only about 24 hours before the deal was approved, appearing to present it as a fait accompli."

May 2010: "PALO ALTO, Calif. — Ever since Facebook was founded in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive, has pushed its users to share more information about themselves. Time and again, users have pushed back, complaining that some new feature or setting on the site violated their privacy."

May 2010: "Over the last few months, Facebook has introduced changes that encourage users to make their photos and other information accessible to anyone on the Internet. Last month its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, unveiled plans to begin sharing users’ information with some outside Web sites, and Facebook began prompting users to link information in their profile pages, like their hobbies and hometowns, in a way that makes that information public."

April 2010: 'Or maybe Facebook's executives are correct in assuming that people don't want as much privacy online, as founder Mark Zuckerberg said in January. (He did not say that privacy was dead, nor does he seem to think that; his own Facebook profile informs strangers that "Mark only shares some of his profile information with everyone.")'

August 2007: Consider the case of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, the fast-growing social networking Web site, who is being sued by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, twin brothers who were founders of ConnectU, another social network.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Opponent (past or present) ConnectU Organization Aug 13, 2007
Founder/Co-Founder of Organization Jul 1, 2013
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of Facebook Organization Sep 9, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Aug 13, 2007
Supervisor of (past or present) Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) Sheryl Sandberg Person Jun 24, 2012
Cooperation (past or present) Friend (past or present) Eduardo Saverin Person May 19, 2012
Research/Analysis Subject Jose Antonio Vargas Person Jun 26, 2011

Articles and Resources

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Dec 17, 2013 Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion

QUOTE: The popularity of the shelter, known as the Walton grantor retained annuity trust, or GRAT, shows how easy it is for the wealthy to bypass estate and gift taxes. Even Covey says the practice, which involves rapidly churning assets into and out of trusts, makes a mockery of the tax code.

Bloomberg News
Jun 25, 2013 Who will stop Google? Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web

QUOTE: What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone. Google, the company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” is rapidly becoming an empire. Not an empire of territory, as was Rome or the Soviet Union, but an empire controlling our access to data and our data itself. Antitrust lawsuits proliferating around the company demonstrate its quest for monopoly control over information in the information age.

Nov 26, 2012 Facebook will ask you to vote against your right to vote

QUOTE: Facebook will hold a vote, possibly later this week, in which it will ask users to abolish their right to vote on changes to the social network's privacy policies....Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 04, 2012 In Silicon Valley, Chieftains Rule With Few Checks and Balances

QUOTE: Since Google went public in 2004 in a way that maintained control for its founders, the leaders of Silicon Valley have been chary about shareholder voting rights. In the latest wave of Internet initial public offerings, shareholder voting rights have become even more diminished.

New York Times
Sep 21, 2011 Facebook makes it easier than ever to eavesdrop: The new mini stream feature makes it simple to see what people are saying, even when they might not realize you're listening

QUOTE: any comment you make is potentially open to a new level of scrutiny by all of your peers and followers: casual acquaintances, family members, a boss, a co-worker, a business partner, your pastor....Making matters worse, Facebook doesn't provide much in the way of evident guidance or functionality to keep these privacy barriers intact. You can't easily flip a switch, for example, to prevent a Facebook friend from subscribing to your comments or links.

Jul 21, 2010 The Web Means the End of Forgetting

QUOTE: So much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files. The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.

New York Times
May 26, 2010 Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy

QUOTE: The back and forth between Facebook and its users over privacy is gaining importance as the company’s growth continues unabated. It now has nearly 500 million users around the world, and its policies, more than those of any other company, are helping to define standards for privacy in the Internet age.

New York Times
May 05, 2010 Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries

QUOTE: For many users of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, it was just the latest in a string of frustrations. On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2010 The latest Facebook fracas: Your privacy vs. its profit

QUOTE: maybe Facebook's executives are correct in assuming that people don't want as much privacy online, as founder Mark Zuckerberg said in January. (He did not say that privacy was dead, nor does he seem to think that....But even if all of those theories are true, changing the rules to share people's information without advance permission crosses a line.

Washington Post
Aug 11, 2007 Slipstream: Who Owns the Concept if No One Signs the Papers?

QUOTE: WHO owns a bright idea? If the technology associated with an idea is new and the opportunities it offers are valuable, it will have many authors — most of whom may argue over ownership.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2006 Facebook: Opening the Doors Wider

QUOTE: Now that anyone living most anywhere in the U.S. can open an account, it's a further step from the clubby feel that originally ingratiated the site to colleges. Execution aside, the strategy has some industry watchers scratching their heads. Sites dream of having such a lock on the free-spending, hard-to-reach college audience and by trying to do more, Facebook risks alienating them and opening the door to a competitor.

Sep 07, 2006 In Online Social Club, Sharing Is the Point Until It Goes Too Far

QUOTE: Denizens of one of the Web's most popular student hangouts are in an uproar over changes to the site that they say make their online musings much too public, turning their personal lives into a flashing billboard.

Washington Post