Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google to Pull Out from China

Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond blogged yesterday afternoon that Google had been fed up with China's cyber-censorship and 'attacks' on Google's 'infrastructure' in order to access GMail users who advocate for human rights, and that Google was to pull out from China entirely.

When the words broke out, the first instinctive guess was that the Chinese government must have used their CALEA password in such careless ways that amounted to annoying. The blog didn't say so, rather denied any compromise of Google server contents.

The idea sounds wonderful as Google is the first big boy on the street bother to challenge the bullying communist China on its own citizens. The timing is troublesome, at least in a degree. All governments do cyber scouting and so does China. If the said 'attack' was originated from Chinese police, what makes it newsworthy to Google?

There must be incidents and deal-makings behind the curtain that Google decides not interesting enough to write about. For example, a State Department meeting hosted by Hillary Clinton, attended by Google's founders and top execs. Secretary Clinton herself will be giving an address next week on the centrality of Internet freedom.

Google was widely praised, and by and large has been practicing, their motto of 'Do not be Evil'. The moral highland was most recently damaged by Google's decision to provide the 2.1 version of its 'open-source' Andriod operating system to Taiwan's HTC exclusively.

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