Google : Censoring for China was a bad idea


Google Admits that that Censoring for China was a bad thing

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Asked whether he regretted

Asked whether he regretted the decision, Mr Brin admitted yesterday: "On a business level, that decision to censor... was a net negative."

And on an ethical level?

What's ethics got to do with it?

I thought when you operated in a country you must follow the law of the land, or have I misunderstood?


Or maybe you make a decision

Or maybe you make a decision to consciously _not_ to operate in that country because the laws are unjust. I mean they had a choice to go into China or continue to operate from the outside.

Talking is cheap

Admitting that it was a bad move and doing something about it are two different things. I call that opportunism. No problem per se, but it hardly fits into this whole "Don't be evil" strategy.


Google has already let the cat out of the bag.

Google has shown the world that is it Possible to censor the World Wide Web.

Other governments were watching and learning... Just look at what American Dept of Justice is trying to do.

There are also credible reports that New York State has learned from google in China and is now attempting to block/censor some sites that they don't like (Gambling).

Thanks Google, You might want to rethink that corperate motto of yours... "Don't be evil" really does not fit anymore now does it?

Honestly, I am continually

Honestly, I am continually amazed at the way Google displays what I call immaturity:

Much of the harm had come from newspaper headlines, he said, which affected perception for most people, who then did not read the actual articles.

If only people would be nicer, eh?

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