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Google leaves China

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, Siva Vaidhyanathan, talks about Google pulling out of China to detour around censorship restrictions.

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Comments [3]

Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Google would like us to believe that it is very concerned about openness. But when War Criminal Cheney demanded that the official residence of the VP be blurred on Google Earth, it was. Google has also done so for others.

Google quickly offered to help the Bush admin in spying on people when Bush began to overreach post-9/11.

And Google has given no indication that it will commit legally, bindingly to keeping "Google Books" open, which is why Europe (but not the US) has challenged Google's arrangements with authors and publishers.

Mar. 24 2010 10:40 AM
hjs from 11211

take away 'most favoured nation' status?

Mar. 24 2010 10:38 AM
superf88

Google did NOT leave China! In 1997 Prince Charles handed Hong Kong's keys to China's most powerful Communist officials, hopped on the HM Yacht Britannia and steamed home, mortified, presumably.

Let's not give Google -- and for that matter, the gravely mistaken notion of a "free Hong Kong"! -- more PR gold stars than they deserve.

Mar. 24 2010 09:40 AM

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