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.
I’m old enough to remember the exact same arguments being made against boycotting South Africa over apartheid. They were wrong then and they’re wrong now.
[Added 2006-02-16] In a telling piece of testimony, Google’s VP of communications says:
The requirements of doing business in China include self-censorship – something that runs counter to Google’s most basic values and commitments as a company.
There you have it. They admit they’re selling out their basic values.
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