November 30, 2008

Google & Youtube = Big Brother? Freedom – Censorship = Good Business.

We’ve done mentions on this before, back in our paperful days—did you know Google agrees to censor results on ‘Tiannamen,’ ‘Tibet,’ ‘Dalai Lama,’ even ‘freedom‘ and ‘independence‘ in China? It doesn’t stop there. Today’s NY Times goes into depth on the difficult, un-American balancing act Google ‘has to’ do, from a business point of view, to get itself allowed in various countries. Excerpt:

Voluntary self-regulation means that, for the foreseeable future, Wong and her colleagues will continue to exercise extraordinary power over global speech online. Which raises a perennial but increasingly urgent question: Can we trust a corporation to be good — even a corporation whose informal motto is “Don’t be evil”?

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