The Guardian hosts an old article about Internet censorship, which focuses on China. There is an interesting bait and switch. The author talks about Yahoo giving information to Chinese state security used to imprison a dissident – and then condemns Google. Google’s crime, it seems, is doing any business in China.
At the moment it seems that shareholders and governments are accepting the brute commercial logic that it is not a private company’s business to interfere in another country’s government – but will this last?
Ironically this sort of pressure is most likely to help Baidu and other Chinese search engines that are based in China.