Linked by Mohit Ranka on Thu 17th May 2007 15:07 UTC
Google A recent Google acquisition of DoubleClick for a whopping USD 3.1 billion has turned many heads. The recent past certainly does not fit into Google's traditional non-aggressive attitude towards acquisitions for monopoly in the market. DoubleClick Inc., a spearhead in ad-serving, is only one of many companies acquired by Google. A comprehensive list can be seen here. Beside Google's acquisitions, this article will also explore some changes in Google's philosophy and potential threats to web community.
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RE: oh pleasse
by irbis on Thu 17th May 2007 19:08 UTC in reply to "oh pleasse"
irbis
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2005-07-08

"being FORCED to follow the laws of countries like China"

In what ways were they - or other Western IT companies for that matter - forced to follow the will of the leading elite in China - when they helped to eliminate free access to critical (not accepted by the Chinese comunist party) information from the Chinese people?

Google is not a Chinese company, and they could have easily refused not to restrict their search results in China. Only reason why they didn't was money. They counted that someone else might get their share of the huge emerging Chinese Internet market if they didn't do what the Chinese communist party asked them to do.

In my opinion, the readiness to abandon and sell the principles of free democratic societies in order to gain a position in the markets of totalitarian un-democratic countries, is by far the biggest "evil" thing (mentioned in the article) that companies like Google (or also western governments) have done. But Google is certainly not alone but just one small example.

Now Chinese elite has succeeded in, for example, mostly removing the memory of the Tiananmen Square democratic protests and the following massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989) from the memory of especially young people in China, and generally gain tighter control of the lives and thoughts of Chinese people, with the help from many western companies.

Anyway, I agree that using words like good and evil is a bit too harsh in this case. Google is neither good nor evil, it is just doing what probably most other big companies do: they may often be ready to sacrifice liberty of communication and other such higher ideals if it means more money for them.

Edited 2007-05-17 19:28

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RE[2]: oh pleasse
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 20:08 in reply to "RE: oh pleasse"
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2005-11-10

I don't think you undestand quite how powerful the Chinese government is internally. It is not a demoncracy - there is nobody you can complain to, protests are illegal. If Google had offered unfiltered searches, and then denied to comply when asked by the government, a bunch of government officers and police men would break into the Google office and cart off the employess to jail, without trial, to dissappear under the rug and not be heard of again.

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