Date: November 30, 2018
They Said It!
Amazon’s HQ2 Sham Was Always About The Data
“This was a mass data vacuuming effort to scarf up a lot of data about dozens of other places that they will likely want to locate smaller units.”
Amazon strung along cities destined to lose its bidding war for HQ2 as a way to gain a competitive advantage and “scarf up a lot of data.”
“These antics were doubly beneficial to Amazon, since they generated free promotion and contributed to a treasure trove of data about cities where the company might later want to plant warehouses, Whole Foods stores, or surveillance technology. ‘A less charitable view is that this was a mass data vacuuming effort to scarf up a lot of data about dozens of other places that they will likely want to locate smaller units,’ [Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution Mark] Muro says.” (The Ringer, “The Cities That Amazon HQ2 Left Behind,” Victor Luckerson, November 30, 2018)
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