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Is Google's stance on China the right one?
« on: 13/01/2010 19:59:29 »
Google has announced today that, in the wake of various (presumably government) attempts to breach security on Google-based email accounts held by freedom and human rights campaigners in China, the company is ceasing to comply with the Chinese Government dictat that the results returned by the search engine should be "filtered" to remove information on certain subjects. This will most likely result in the company having its operations in China terminated by the Chinese government.

Is this the right approach to take?


 

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Is Google's stance on China the right one?
« Reply #1 on: 13/01/2010 23:02:08 »
I think it's fine, but of course I'm not Chinese and haven't lived under their government
 

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Is Google's stance on China the right one?
« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2010 23:17:34 »
I think it's not so much the people who have lived under their government that you need to worry about so much as the people who haven't (or at least don't any more...)
 

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Is Google's stance on China the right one?
« Reply #3 on: 14/01/2010 01:57:04 »
That's a really tough question chris. Without knowing the full context of the situation, how can we know? I don't think China will be hit particularly hard by this - Google will lose out more, despite the cynics claiming Google was struggling in China anyway, they still have an annual turnover of $600 million from China, & their market share, while lower than Baidu, was still pretty high compared to other SEs.

We will have to wait & see the reaction & the future to see if it's a good move of course.
 

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