According to a blog post by Rebecca MacKinnon, Google’s Sergey Brin may be having second thoughts about their decision to launch a censored version of Google.com, Google.cn.  He argued that he is not sure it was the right thing to do.  According to a International Herald Tribune article, Brin told reporters:

We felt perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference.  Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense.

This seems logical…right?  Couldn’t the government tell Google, “it’s our way or the highway?”  Then Chinese consumers will suffer from the loss of a valuable resource.  I don’t understand why all the pressure is being placed on Google when competitors such as Yahoo are also adhering to censorship rules.  I can understand why citizens are frustrated but it seems that their anger is a little misdirected.  Google should not be the only company taking a stand against censorship.  It will take a united front to win this battle. 

Google could, however, set an example and allow the pressure to shift to their rivals who will then be forced to take a stand.  It seems obvious that as long as these search engines agree to censorship, the situation will not improve for Chinese consumers.  In the current situation the government has nothing to lose.  So why should they concede?

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