Monday, June 29, 2009

Closing The Outside World In China

China's Information Dam -- Washington Post editorial

Should Yahoo, Google and Microsoft help the censors?

"IT IS NOT our job to fix the Chinese government," Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said last week. Maybe not. But search engines operating in China face a dilemma come July. Starting Wednesday, China is embarking on a broad initiative to clamp down on Web content the government views as obscene, billing these efforts as a fight against pornography. For Chinese officials, there has always been an overlap between pornography and references to politically sensitive topics such as the Falun Gong and Tiananmen Square. June traditionally marks a crackdown in China's Web censorship as the country brings down sites such as You Tube (inaccessible since March) and Twitter for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But more is in the works.

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My Comment:The money and market potential is so big in China, U.S. search engines will huff and puff .... but in the end they will accommodate the Chinese Government's needs.

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