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Apr. 19th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
It disgusts me that Google (that bastion of freedom! and independence!) is bowing to the great god of money and following Yahoo's lead in China.

Google will face a showdown with shareholders over its business in China and other territories that censor the web, at its annual meeting on May 10.
The vote will include a call for Google not to store information that can identify its users in “internet restricting countries, where political speech can be treated as a crime by the legal system”.

Other policies being proposed ask that Google not engage in "proactive censorship" and that it use all legal means to resist demands for censorship.

Google's board has recommended a vote against the shareholder proposal. Since two thirds of Google’s voting stock is owned by its co-founders and chief executive, who sit on the board, the proposal has no chance of being passed.

Nice. That's real white of you, Mr. Google Board of Directors.

I wouldn't say totalitarianism is getting a beating from this. A news article, maybe. But a beating? I'd wait to see if Wang Xiaoning's case actually gets anywhere before celebrating anything.
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