Encourage Google to Stop Undermining Education sign now

Please help us encourage Google to stop undermining education through their policy of displaying ads that encourage plagiarism and academic fraud through the sale of pre-written and made to order term papers and essays especially when these ads are displayed on web sites that promote education.

The Google AdWords program works by matching approved ads to content using algorithms and Google permits hosting web sites to block ads only by excluding certain domain names; businesses that sell term papers and essays (e.g. DirectEssays.com and MonsterPapers.com) simply use a large number of domain names to get around this minor restriction which allows them to promote academic fraud even on web sites that promote education.

Google screens all of its ads for acceptability and they already choose to NOT accept ads that promote alcohol, tobacco, weapons and other things ranging from miracle cures to license plate covers. Google has therefore chosen to accept advertising dollars from companies whose sole purpose is to promote academic dishonesty.

Our site carried Google ads until we found that we could not prevent advertising that is completely counter to our sites purpose of promoting critical thinking skills (especially among students) and Google replied to our inquiries writing, we are not currently monitoring for plagiarism sites. We would like to encourage Google to change this policy.

As an alternative to not accepting such ads altogether, Google could use their renowned engineers to easily create meta-filters that would prevent any content of a given category from appearing on a web site that did not wish to display it. Such an approach might even encourage greater use of Googles ad service by those who otherwise wouldnt use it under the current circumstances.

Googles stated philosophy is that you can make money without doing evil. Show us. Google provides a number of outstanding services that we applaud but in this instance they have apparently placed profit over principle.

Google has responded to petitions in the past so please help us encourage them to do the right thing now. In addition to signing this petition please feel free to contact Google directly to voice your concern over this issue at: http://tinyurl.com/874sy

Jack Paulus

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  • 22 February 2016998. Dr Almab
    I support this petition
  • 22 February 2016997. Pamela Estesb
    I am a strong advocate for this petition.
  • 15 February 2016996. Daniel Ew
    I'd like to encourage Google to promote academic integrity by running public service ads that help students understand why integrity matters. Perhaps Google could add a pop up note from the Center for Academic Intgerity with any hit on a plagiarism site.
  • 13 February 2016995. Dan Treierp
    Gmail is a great gift to the academy - now match it by helping to end plagiarism ...
  • 04 February 2016994. Gerald Rw
    You are a world leader. Thank you for your enlighteded policies in other matters. Please add this to your areas of public service. To do otherwise is to give your implicit endorsement to plagiarism. Thank you.
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    I think this petitin is right in line with Googles aim.
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  • 13 January 2016989. Roxanna R
    Help us teach our students to be responsible for their own education through hard work. If we allow our students to cheat in their education it fosters the idea they can cheat in other aspects of their lives. These students are our future leaders, mayors,
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    Sloth kills education!
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    Google is good, lets make it better and stop the promotion of cheating...
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    Sites like those waste faculty time. Don't help their "business".
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    I think that it is most irresponsible for Google to encourage and make possible this flagrant violation of minimum academic standards.
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    Providing means for students to avoid writing papers cheats students who do not learn how to organize their own ideas.
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