September 25, 2004

Mercury News mentions in article about Google and China News Censorship

I'm mentioned today in a Mercury News article about Google and China censorship:

In many cases, links to the Web sites will appear in search engine results, but they return error messages when users click on them.

Seth Finkelstein, an Internet filtering authority, said he suspects Google agreed to remove the Web sites from its Chinese news service as part of a deal with the Chinese government to lift its 2002 ban.

But [Jonathan] Zittrain said he doubted there was any type of collusion and believes Google appears to have been forced into a difficult business decision.

``They have to face a decision if they want a footprint there,'' he said. ``If they offend the Chinese government, it will be hard to succeed there, which will make it impossible to offer the Chinese citizens any information.''

I like being described as "authority", and being in the same piece as Jonathan Zittrain (n.b. I don't think we're saying that much different). I need all the ego-boost I can get :-).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on September 25, 2004 09:08 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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a "mistake"? how about a f'in debacle with no cherry on top, and fudge all around?

I received my mail-in ballot application today. Make sure you get yours. Demand a paper trail. Make sure your vote is recorded properly. Don't dare leave it up to centralized technocracy.

Posted by: bw at September 25, 2004 10:10 PM