The United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as a military weapon to control information. Seed-funded by the NSA (DARPA) and CIA (In-Q-Tel & SAIC), Google was one among a group of private sector start-ups co-opted by U.S. intelligence to control information warfare.
In 1994 (the same year the Highlands Forum –DARPA’s boss — was founded under the stewardship of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the ONA, and DARPA) two PhD students at Stanford University, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, made their breakthrough on the first automated web crawling and page ranking application. That application remains the core component of what eventually became Google’s search service. Brin and Page had performed their work with funding from the Digital Library Initiative (DLI), a multi-agency program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and DARPA.
The NSA needed to control and monitor digital information, particularly the data flowing over the Internet. With its millions of customers around the world, Google is effectively a directory of people using the Internet. It stores users e-mail addresses and knows where they’re physically located, when they log in, and what they search for on the web. Google has a profile on every user. The government can “command” that any company must turn over that information, and it does so as part of the NSA’s Prism program, which Google had been participating in for years by the time it signed the cooperative agreement with the NSA.