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Don't Be Evil (Except When a Really Big Market Is at Risk) - Riffs and Licks
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Don't Be Evil (Except When a Really Big Market Is at Risk)
This is chilling and shameful. You can enter whatever search terms you wish.

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rosefox From: rosefox Date: February 6th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not very smart. I entered "tianenmen" and got a number of pictures of tanks on the right-hand side.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 6th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. Censors are not usually that bright; early on, it was also failing to capture words in upper case. Of course, both loopholes involve searching with Roman characters and would only be available to Chinese citizens who can read and write English and have the correct character sets installed.

And overall, China has shown that inept bureaucrats, secret police, and greedy U.S. tech companies can control freedom of expression rather well, without losing the economic benefits of the Internet. Information doesn't "want to be free" and neither, apparently, do we.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: February 6th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, this is depressing. Your headline hit the nail right on the head. The next Google annual report will begin "Our former motto, 'Don't Be Evil,' is now inoperative in Asian, South Asian, and other dictatorial markets."

I passed the URL on to Charlton Lewis.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 7th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
"Motto not available where void or prohibited by law."
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: February 7th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I know China doesn't need any help being evil, but this is ridiculous.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 7th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I bet they eavesdrop on their citizens' phone calls too.
From: laurie_daniels Date: February 7th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I entered tiananmen protest and got one hit. Tiananmen massacre got no hits at all. Bob mentioned how apt your post title was, and I'll add that "chilling and shameful" couldn't be more appropriate, as well.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 7th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, I know. Meanwhile Cheney is trying to figure out how to get U.S. Google to work like this.
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