Google and China
The spat between Google and China is an interesting and unexpected one.
Basically Google says a number of its users' accounts were hacked (the implication being it was the Chinese Government that did it) and as a result they are no longer willing to censor their results.
They've threatened to leave the country if the Chineses Government doesn't let them provide unfiltered search results and are to meet with them soon to discuss this.
It's an odd stance for them to take as they seem to be expecting to scare the Chinese into submission - something the rest of the world has failed to do to date. There's always a chance that they actually want to leave China and are giving the country a bloody nose before they walk out the door, however as Paul O'Flaherty argues on teic.ie they have far too much to lose in doing that.
Perhaps Google are just hoping to show their morals to the world even if they have no intention of leaving China on the basis of them - or maybe they just want a small concession or two to keep them happy.
No matter what there is far more going on here than meets the eye and only time will tell us what that is.
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