Friday, February 24, 2006

Google Censors Itself for China

The Chinese government keeps tight control over the internet at present. According to the BBS news, Google will be censoring itself in China, in order to be allowed better access to Chinese markets. will be a self-censoring company. It plans to let people know when access on certain search terms has been denied. Because of concerns of how personal information might be used, Google does not plan to allow their e-mail, chat room and blogging services to be available.

Google states, "While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission."

Julian Pain, internet spokesman for campaign group Reporters Without Borders, said Google's decision to "collaborate" with the Chinese government was "a real shame".

Do you think Google should have compromised in order to gain business. Do you think their statement that some information is better than no information?

Check out the side by side results between Google and and see what you think.

If you have specific terms you would like me to research while in China, e-mail them to me, prior to March 15.

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