Today while browsing the Seattle Post Intelligencer, I saw an article with the headline Google agrees to censor results in China which began

SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet's fastest growing market.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company planned to roll out a new version of its search engine bearing China's Web suffix ".cn," on Wednesday. A Chinese-language version of Google's search engine has previously been available through the company's dot-com address in the United States. By creating a unique address for China, Google hopes to make its search engine more widely available and easier to use in the world's most populous country.
To obtain the Chinese license, Google agreed to omit Web content that the country's government finds objectionable. Google will base its censorship decisons on guidance provided by Chinese government officials.

Although China has loosened some of its controls in recent years, some topics, such as Taiwan's independence and 1989's Tiananmen Square massacre, remain forbidden subjects.

Google officials characterized the censorship concessions in China as an excruciating decision for a company that adopted "don't be evil" as a motto. But management believes it's a worthwhile sacrifice.

"We firmly believe, with our culture of innovation, Google can make meaningful and positive contributions to the already impressive pace of development in China," said Andrew McLaughlin, Google's senior policy counsel.

Google's decision rankled Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog group that has sharply criticized Internet companies including Yahoo and Microsoft Corp.'s for submitting to China's censorship regime.

No comment.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006 1:16:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Goooooogle - monster of monsters... Thx for interesting material.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:46:12 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It sure makes it a lot easier to stand up to a government when you have the 1st Amendment on your side.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 9:34:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"don't be evil... unless it makes money" as somebody well put it on /.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:38:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It's a shame. Google's the onw company you could hope that would hold out. But one incident is not a pattern and I still consider Google as the lone company to put up the good fight. Certainly not Microsoft or AOL. Yahoo's somewhere in the middle.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:48:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
On the news over here in the UK they kept making a big deal of the fact that users would be told that they had results limited because of the use of specific words. Does MSN China do this as well?
Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:17:37 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Well you should comment. And you ought to say that this is wrong. Just plain wrong. Wrong for Google, wrong if it were Microsoft, wrong if it were General Motors.
Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:15:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Dare, you just went from a must-read blog to a propaganda outlet. Shameful.

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