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GOOGLE DANCED WITH THE DEVIL. AND NOW A WALLFLOWER?

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on January 16, 2010

About 4 years ago, Google entered into an arrangement with the Chinese regime, whereby Google was allowed to

operate in China provided that it censored search results as dictated by the regime.

Google’s argument at the time was that it could do more good in a restricted form in China, than not in China at all.

This was and remains a nonsense argument, and all the world saw Google’s motivation as purely profit-driven. The

fact is that Google’s complicity has materially supported a dictatorship by restricting the  flow of information

to the Chinese people.  The Chinese regime (and history shows, its period of control WILL come to an end)

 is almost fanatically pre-occupied with controlling all information available to the Chinese people, because

open and informed discussion is anathema to the regime’s interests, and Google stood brother-in-arm with the

 dictatorship and assisted them in their censorship.

In the last week Google has complained that  agents of the Chinese regime have hacked into Gmail to monitor

email traffic of those people that the Chinese regime has identified as of interest or as a potential threat to them.

Now Google threatens the Chinese regime that it won’t continue to censor search results.

Better late but right, than always wrong? Google were wrong in the first instance by agreeing to support the Chinese

dictatorship. It was a fundamental strategic corporate mistake.

In a Letter from the Founders titled “An Owner’s Manual” for Google’s Shareholders” Mr Brin and Mr Page wrote:

. . .Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.

. . .Our goal is to develop services that significantly improve the lives of as many people as possible.

. . . Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served-as shareholders and in all other ways-by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains. This is an important aspect of our culture and is broadly shared within the company.

                                                                                                                                                                END QUOTE.

Interestingly, Google have now distanced themselves from the “do no evil” motto (not that it seemed to

have ever had a real benefit to the Chinese people). Why so??

Are they now positioning themselves as an aggressively vindictive and  wholly profit-driven company

like Microsoft?

Time will tell.

The tortured and  imprisoned Chinese human rights activists can always thank Google that their search

engine enabled them to know precisely how far above sea-level they were.

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