Battelle: Never Poke a Dragon While It’s Eating

John Battelle posts his thoughts on the recent rash of search engine v. China incidents. He follows up on Yahoo's call for the search engines to band together and fight Chinese censorship of the web:So what to say about all…

Yahoo! seeks help to fight China censors

Forbes is reporting that Yahoo is trying to form a coalition between the major web search engines (Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft) to work together to counter Chinese censorship on the web. And this Financial Times article notes that Yahoo! is…

On Google’s Human Rights Caucus brief

Google has posted the brief they submitted to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus justifying their participation in Chinese censorship of information. The argument basically boils down to "providing Chinese access to filtered information is better than no information." Another nugget…

Google’s Action Makes A Mockery Of Its Values

Bambi Francisco writes that Google's recent decision to officially censor search results in China violates its core values:It's profound what being a public company can do to the core values of a young firm. was less than two years ago…

Google Updates Censorship Policy

Google's official policy on censoring and otherwise altering search results has been updated since their decision to provide censored results for China. The policy can be found at the help page for the question "Does Google censor search results?" The…

Students for a Free Tibet Protest Outside Google

Philipp Lenssen points to this report that a group of people from Students for a Free Tibet gathered in front of the Googleplex to protest against Google bowing to Chinese censorship requests. From SFT's press release:"Students and young people worldwide…

Google Now Officially Censoring In China

Google has officially launched google.cn, a version of its search service designed to appease the Chinese government's desire to block searches related to Taiwanese or Tibetan independence, the Tiananmen massacre, Falun Gong, etc. CNN posted this statement from Google on…

NYT Editorial: Beijing’s New Enforcer: Microsoft

The New York Times has an editorial today on the issue that companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft help the Chinese government not only filter out search results that they want to censor, but also help track down the individuals…