Google Employees Protest Work on Censored Chinese Search Engine - NYT

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Google Employees Protest Work on Censored Chinese Search Engine - NYT

Post by bdahm on Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:49 pm

In 2010 Google took the principled step to withdraw its services, primarily search, from the Chinese market over the Great Firewall’s censorship rules. Initially it tried to maintain a separate presence in Hong Kong, but that became untenable in the light of the Chinese government’s attempted hacking of Gmail to get to human rights advocates in China. Now it appears Google is trying to re-enter that market under terms the Chinese government could control. That has lead to a reaction from many Google employees who don’t want to be associated with the censorship terms Google would have to observe. Obviously China is a huge market for its services and Google wants to be part of the action there, but it is finding itself in a very sticky position after famously adopting a motto of “Do no evil”. 

The New York Times article explores some of the ins and outs of this conundrum. 

http://tinyurl.com/yd2quo84

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