Friday, January 15, 2010

Google's new approach to China - pulling out because of censorship

After Google was hit with targeted attacks against accounts of human rights campaigners in China, it made a very bold move: Accusing the Chinese central government of orchestrating the attacks, and eliminating restrictions on the search engine. If one does a google image search for Tienanmen Square, the top results will be of the 'incident', not of Chinese government-approved pictures of the square itself.

Google also threatened to pull out of China if it can't find a way to continue to run without restrictions that restrict free speech.

It will be interesting to see what happens in terms of market share if it does pull out. Will Baidu move even higher, or will Microsoft and Yahoo pick up some of the slack?


I just read an interesting article on the subject from Slate: Can China become rich without becoming free?

1 comment:

  1. Seems insane for google to pull out of the fastest growing economy in the world. Isn't some censorship better than having no google at all?