Saturday, January 28, 2006

Google censorship in China? OK, move along...

A lot of people seem to be flipping out about Google agreeing to censor its Chinese search results, and many are even suggesting a boycott of Google. This doesn't really make sense for many reasons:
  • Whatever Google does in China, it appears dedicated to protect our privacy at home (standing up to the Justice Department), which is what really matters.
  • If you want to protest against China's policies, boycotting an American company making money in China (and bringing it back here) is the wrong way to go about doing it. Boycott actual Chinese goods instead.
  • All of Google's competitors censor their Chinese search results as well (otherwise, the Chommunists wouldn't let them be there), so it's the pot calling the kettle black if you use Yahoo! instead.
Remember, we're supposed to be the rational ones.


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