Yahoo ‘Strictest’ Censor in China

Wired News reports that Reporters Without Borders has labeled Yahoo the "strictest" censor in China: Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said their tests showed that Yahoo.cn blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results than Google.cn or the beta version of…

Is Google.cn Still Evil if No One Uses It?

The answer is yes. In yesterday's stockholder meeting, Sergey Brin noted that Chinese users haven't yet flocked to the censored Google.cn service, noting that usage of Google.cn is just a fraction of one percent of Google searches in China, while…

China vs. Germany: Comparing Google’s Censorship Practices

Part of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's justification for being complicit with China's censorship of search engine results is that Google does the same thing in Germany and France, so what's the big deal with time around. Consider this recent statement:Asked…

Google moving search records out of China

At Monday's panel on “The Ethics and Politics of Search Engines”, Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, stated that Google is moving the databases they keep of Chinese searches outside of the country in order to prevent China's government from…

Thoughts on “growing anti-Google sentiment and what is fueling it”

I recently received a request from a journalism graduate student to comment on a story about "growing anti-Google sentiment and what is fueling it" and about "how Google's principles have changed, and how the public is reacting to this switch."…

Google No Longer Claims Completely Organic Results

Last month, Google changed their censorship policy after launching their censored Google.cn service in China. Now it seems Google has changed its "core principles" regarding providing only organic search results. Previously Google’s Principles included this statement: The order and contents…

Congress v. IT Companies re: China

Nathan Weinberghas posted some excellent excerpts form today's congressional hearings with various IT companies regarding thier actions in China. Here are some highlights: The Associated Press: Rep. Tom Lantos, ranking Democrat on the International Relations Committee, told the company officials…