It wouldn’t be a Google I/O without a little bit of controversy. In the middle of today’s keynote, a plane started circling the amphitheater where Google holds its annual conference, towing a protest banner. “Google control is not privacy #savelocalnews,” the banner read.
That’s a first for Google. We’ve seen the occasional protests inside the venue, but mostly outside. With I/O happening in an
Google, of course, once flew blimps over I/O to show off Google Glass. Those were different times, though.
It’s a bit odd to see protestors use something as expensive as a banner tow, but it’s not unheard of either. The text on the banner is also a bit of an odd mix of privacy concerns and advocating for local news, but there is only so much you can fit on a banner, I guess.