This week, Wikileaks lifted the lid on a partnership between the US State Department, Google and Al Jazeera to help overthrow Assad in Syria. In 2013, Google developed a tool to map government defectors and feed the information back to Syria, to stimulate more insurgents. Al Jazeera took ownership of the online application. What is a commercial company doing trying to overthrow a government. Why is a news agency actively taking political action? Why is the US in cahoots with Al Jazeera? Why wasn’t this bigger news? Companies are getting state-like influence, arabic news outlets working with the US, … strange new world.