January 13, 2010
Google and China
A Few Thoughts and Lots of Links
Commentators who interpret Google's policy change as a retreat in the face of stiff competition from Baidu miss the point. Despite serious obstacles, Google has steadily gained share after entering China in 2006, and there are a billion financial reasons to stay and compete.
Last month Google and Adobe and 30 other international companies were hacked from sources in China who were trying to steal source code and break into email accounts of human rights activists both inside and outside China.
The Chinese Way?
Some argue that "China's way" is no worse than the West, but they are wrong. China's lawless behavior, its crackdowns on its own citizens, its hacking of foreign news outlets and banks and embassies, its abuse of Africa, sabotage of climate talks and Iran talks, irresponsible currency manipulation, its continuing cover-up of poisoned baby formula, mine accidents, toxic spills, Tibetan protests, and rapes - these are all signs of a fundmantal amorality in Chinese leadership.
Experience Some Ironic Censorship
To get a taste of how internet censorship works, visit baidu.com - the leading Chinese search engine, and then attempt to search for googleblog.blogspot.com where today's announcement from Google was posted. That page is now censored in China, so the Great Firewall will freeze you out of Baidu for a few minutes. Welcome to the Chinese Way.
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