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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Money talks

Google's unofficial motto may be "Don't be evil", but it appears the company is willing to sacrifice integrity for market share:

"Google, the world's biggest search engine, will team up with the world's biggest censor, China, today with a service that it hopes will make it more attractive to the country's 110 million online users.

"After holding out longer than any other major internet company, Google will effectively become another brick in the great firewall of China when it starts filtering out information that it believes the government will not approve of.

"Despite a year of soul-searching, the American company will join Microsoft and Yahoo! in helping the communist government block access to websites containing politically sensitive content, such as references to the Tiananmen Square massacre and criticism of the politburo."

Google Watch has more on the relationship between the internet giant and the communist regime.

9 Comments:

Blogger Moodymann said...

Money talks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 4:57:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Good piece by John Lanchester at the LRB on Google.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n02/lanc01_.html

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:51:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"Google's unofficial motto may be "Don't be evil", but it appears the company is willing to sacrifice integrity for market share"

There's a difference between being evil and sailing your billion dollar yaught riiiiiiight up next to evil. The difference is the yaught.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:27:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

One billion evil chinese/ Or is their system of government evil? Or is it their cultural difference that you just don't like?

Is it your racist outlook in life that is coming out? Moot question. We all know the answer.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:42:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

I don't like government censorship (of course). Unlike you, I've actually MET Chinese people. Hell, my next door neighbour is Chinese. Multiculturalism rocks!

Thursday, January 26, 2006 5:48:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Unlike you, I'm not a racist.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:04:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

And the West Bank will soon GLOW!

Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:58:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Ibrahamav said...

"Unlike you, I'm not a racist.:

Indded that's correct. You don't discriminate. You hate all humanity.

Friday, January 27, 2006 1:34:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"Unlike you, I'm not a racist."

Anyway, so I was talking to my neighbour - you know, the Chinese one - this morning, and she didn't think I was racist at all. I'll ask the Vietnamese couple upstairs next time I get the chance. Or maybe the Ethiopian guy who runs the local cafe, or maybe his Moroccan buddy, or maybe the Turkish guy who's always sitting out the front, or maybe the Austraaay-yan across the road in the chicken shop. (Multiculturalism, gotta love it.) Always better to get one's opinions from actual people rather than bigot-bots.

Friday, January 27, 2006 3:54:00 am  

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