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Google in China: degrees of evil

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon, fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, on her weblog, RConversation, Published on: 24 January 2006

Google...has agreed to actively censor a new Chinese-language search service that will be housed on computer servers inside the PRC... Google seems to be trying to minimize it's evilness in several ways... Google says they will put up a notice at the bottom of the search page informing users when the results have been filtered. To my knowledge, none of their competitors in China are doing this... Google says it has opted not to provide any services such as email or blogging services that would require hosting user data inside Chinese jurisdiction. This is a clear choice they have made to avoid having to turn users over to the Chinese police as Yahoo did or to censor bloggers as Microsoft does. [also refers to Baidu, Sina]

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Related companies: Baidu Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Yahoo! (part of Verizon)