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Interview with Google co-founder Sergey Brin on search engine's withdrawal from China

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30 March 2010

Google Co-Founder on Pulling out of China: 'It Was a Real Step Backward'

Author: Philip Bethge interview of Sergey Brin, in Der Spiegel [Germany]

The Internet giant's co-founder, Sergey Brin, 36, discusses his company's troubles in China and its controversial decision to pull up stakes and leave...
Brin: ...[Our decision] is really opposing censorship and speaking out for the freedom of political dissent, and that's the key issue from our side... The hacking attacks were the straw that broke the camel's back. There were several aspects there: the attack directly on Google, which we believe was an attempt to gain access to Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. But there is also a broader pattern we then discovered of simply the surveillance of human rights activists... When we entered China, we had hoped that we could really help move Internet freedoms there forward. And I think we were partly successful. [also refers to Baidu, Microsoft]

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24 March 2010

Brin Drove Google to Pull Back in China

Author: Jessica Vascellaro, Wall Street Journal

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin pushed the Internet giant to take the risky step of abandoning its China-based search engine as that country's efforts to censor the Web and suppress dissidents smacked of the "totalitarianism" of his youth in the Soviet Union... Mr. Brin reluctantly agreed four years ago to launch a search engine in China that the company would censor to satisfy the government... On Jan. 12, Google said it would stop self-censoring its search engine in China, citing a major cyberattack that appeared to target the email of human rights activists. On Monday, Google began routing mainland Chinese users of its search engine to a site in Hong Kong that the company isn't censoring... On Jan. 12, Google said it would stop self-censoring its search engine in China, citing a major cyberattack that appeared to target the email of human rights activists. On Monday, Google began routing mainland Chinese users of its search engine to a site in Hong Kong that the company isn't censoring... China Unicom Ltd., the country's No. 2 mobile-phone operator, said it wouldn't install Google's search functions into new handsets given its decision to stop censoring. [also refers to Go Daddy]

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