Sergey Brin addresses the China issue

Sergey Brin addresses the China issue

Summary: Google co-founder Sergey Brin addresses the China issue with Fortune's David Kirkpatrick while at Davos.We ultimately made a difficult decision, but we felt that by participating there, and making our services more available, even if not to the 100 percent that we ideally would like, that it will be better for Chinese Web users, because ultimately they would get more information, though not quite all of it.

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin addresses the China issue with Fortune's David Kirkpatrick while at Davos.

We ultimately made a difficult decision, but we felt that by participating there, and making our services more available, even if not to the 100 percent that we ideally would like, that it will be better for Chinese Web users, because ultimately they would get more information, though not quite all of it.

David also gets a sound byte from Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth:

I'm sure Google justifies this by saying it's just a couple of search words that people can't get to, but it's very difficult for Google to do what they just did and avoid the slippery slope. The next thing they'll do is ask them to tell them who is searching for "Taiwan" or "independence" or "human rights." And then it's going to find itself in the position of turning over the names of dissidents or simply of inquisitive individuals, for imprisonment.

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  • Follow the money...

    They are indeed sliding down the slope, sitting on a few $billion to soften the ride. In a few years when China invades Taiwan, the Googleaires will yawn and tsk, tsk. Probably they'll even donate a few million to help the vanquished with their "political readjustment". So sad.

    Do no evil my a$$.
    smilingcharlie
  • Today China

    tomorrow BURMA! (Oh I mean Myanmar)

    Why did you say BURMA? I PANICKED! There's a penguin on the tele . . .
    Roger Ramjet
  • Witness: The Birth Of A Soulless Corporation

    Took the first hit off the pipe - next it'll be espousing drivel about shareholder value, etc. So, now we can all start rooting for the next "Google" to come along and we can ride the fantasy, once again.

    Deep down inside I wasn't the least bit surprised, but it still feels dirty somehow.

    Maybe $$ is worse than crack, afterall. At least you can OD on crack and be finished with it.
    nottheusual1