Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Irony of the Day

Google Threat to Leave China Ricochets Around the World (Except in China):

Google’s declaration that it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down its operations in the country ricocheted around the world Wednesday. But in China itself, the news was heavily censored.
Snicker. More ironic is the reaction amongst the human-rights activists.
"We think this is a courageous move by Google," says Jim Dempsey, vice president of public policy for the Center for Democracy and Technology, which advocates for online civil liberties. He says that his organization realizes that companies need to make some compromises in order to do business globally, but that "there does come a point where enough is enough."
Exactly, as in "we've made enough money censoring the Chinese the past decade or so, now we find censorship troubling."

Forgive me if I find Google's sudden "alarm" over this to be days late and dollars short.

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