Too Evil

Google today threatened to shut down its operations in China after uncovering hacking attempts into email accounts of Chinese human rights activists, terming it as “highly sophisticated”, reports India’s Business Standard. Google’s senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, David Drummond, reportedly writes in a blog post that “these attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered – combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web – have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China”.

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A New Approach to China, Google Blog, January 12, 2010

6 Responses to “Too Evil”

  1. I wonder if this will push other overseas information technology companies to review their China policies, too. Along with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo were criticized for over-cooperating with censors in China in the past. This could happen again.


  2. Indeed. However, I think Google – knowing more about its users than Microsoft or Yahoo – is a particularly sensitive case. I believe their withdrawal from China, if it happens, stems from potential image problems. Both “Der Spiegel” and “Die Zeit” carry critical title stories about Google’s mega-comprehensive databases this week.
    That, plus cooperation with the CCP, would be too much, in the long run.



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