Wednesday, January 25, 2006

kung pao google

The people over at Google just can't make all of the people happy all of the time. Bush wants them to hand over information about what people have been searching for. People are getting their panties in a wad because the Chinese don't want their citizens to know about things like Taiwan's independence and the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and Google is playing along. I guess it boils down to a few things that define what Google is doing. First, we have laws that protect things like our civil liberties, free speech, and privacy in the US. While Baby Boy Bush may not recognize this, Google seems to for the time being. Besides, with all of the secret wire tapping and whatnot, people might start using other search engines if Google agreed to play along with the government. That's just not good for business. When it comes to the Chinese, it is a different ball game. China does not afford its citizens the same protections that are now being stripped away in this country. They like to censor information and imprison people that don't agree with their government. Google is a business. They can either stay out of a large and very lucrative market or play by their rules. So do you play ball or forget about the millions of dollars to be made in that market? I guess that's really up to Google's shareholders. I guess that for now, I'm glad that Google isn't divulging information to the government that is none of their business and feel sad that the citizens of China live in a censored world.

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