Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Google Willing to "Shut Down" in China?

This paragraph from today's edition of the official Google blog says more about the recent past (as of yesterday) and coming future (as of... what time is it?) of technology and politics than just about anything you'll have found online in a while:
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that pretty much sums it up doesn't it? It's so sad that we have the ability to access virtually unlimited information, while for others politics gets in the way.


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