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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Schmidt on Google’s China Self-Censorship

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in defense of the cooperation between Google and the Chinese gov’t, according to MSNBC/ AP today said:

Schmidt also said that Google hasn’t lobbied Beijing to change its rules, and that Google hasn’t tried to change such limits elsewhere (e.g. in Germany, where certain Nazi sites are self-censored in Google result). I think from the quotes above it becomes clear that, as time passes, Google is becoming a little more self-assured and cocky about their decision – after all, the issue was never about Google telling the Chinese gov’t how to operate, but about the Chinese gov’t (successfully) telling Google how to operate – even though Schmidt admitted that some of the criticism has “stung” their managers.

Also see sites Google agreed to censor in China.


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