February 17, 2006 | By Peter Bihr |
(a) First, our business commitment to satisfy the interests of users, and by doing so to build a leading company in a highly competitive industry; and
(b) Second, our policy conviction that expanding access to information to anyone who wants it will make our world a better, more informed, and freer place.
Some governments impose restrictions that make our mission difficult to achieve, and this is what we have encountered in China. In such a situation, we have to add to the balance a third fundamental commitment:
(c) Be responsive to local conditions.
Google’s reaction to China.
Some are very concerned about the decision to self-censor their search results in China. (On the other hand, Google resisted a US government subpoena recently, which got the EFF’s applause.)
Google used to be the good kid on the block: straightforward, simple principles, user-oriented, and, well: the best search results ever seen. That in mind, self-censorship under pressure from an authoritarian regime seems like a pretty nasty decision.