Let’s get real about Chinese censorship

A rather prissy blog entry comes from computerworld about Google’s policy in China.  The general thrust is that China censors and by conniving in it Google helps.

 However isn’t this more an example of Google’s hubris rather than their moral dissolution?  China is a sovereign nation with its own laws, on for example pornography.  Is Google wrong to obey the laws of the land where they operate?

For better or worse (and with more than a hint of self interest) the Chinese government believes that pluralism is very dangerous for China.  The population ascent, at least while the living standards improve and China gains “respect” internationally.  We may not like it but that’s the way things are in China.  If Google wants the business it needs to play by the rules.


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