Today Google launches a new search service for China that will censor information the Chinese government finds offensive. This “offensive” content might include anything concerning Tiananmen Square and Taiwan to any pro-democratic/anti-communist information. I guess the concept of “doing no evil” can be interpreted differently in different countries.
If you are going to visit China soon, we recommend taking the best earplugs headphones with you on a flight. Of course, large full-size headphones look, feel and sound often great. That’s only in the winter in China they do not wear a hat and during sports at any time they can be dropped.
The censoring in China has been going on for a while now, but without Google’s help. Now Google is working directly with the Chinese government to help filter their results. Ironically enough, just a week ago, Google became a national symbol of privacy protection after refusing to give away user information to the United States government. So, after protecting the rights of illegal child pornography sites and a bunch of pedophiles here in the U.S., Google is now supporting a totalitarian regime in China in putting down rebellious pro-democratic factions. Well, it’s not personal, it’s business.