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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Google. China. Again.

Well, it’s more of the same, but for the sake of completeness I thought I’d post about another addition to the Official Google Blog regarding the much debated service. Yesterday Google’s VP of Global Communications, Elliot Schrage, presented a testimony to the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations. Whew! Try saying that ten times fast!

Anyway, the testimony really amounted to the same old schpiel that Google has been repeating since controversy over the service (which is locally hosted in China and submits to local regulations by censoring certain information) first erupted. Once again Mr. Schrage explains that the logic behind the move was that it was better to have an efficient, fast, usable service that was self-censored (and informed users of the censorship) than one which is sluggish and often unavailable do to filtering at an international gateway level.

*sigh* What can I say that I have not already said on the topic, hmm?


Sci said...

What can I say? I don't believe public cencorship should exist today. With our rage evolving towards more of a digital age, it just seems so out of place.


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