If you have agreed to censor what information can be accessed in China in return for greater market opportunities, have you also agreed to censor what information can be accessed about China by the rest of us ?
I must admit that question never occurred to me and suggests that this may be a New Coke moment for Google. Here we have a company with a total capitalized value greater than that of General Motors based on very little else but faith. Is that faith well placed?
I’m reminded of the quote that I’ve heard variously attributed to George Bernard Shaw and to Winston Churchill: We’ve already established what you are, ma’am. Now we’re just haggling over the price. The question, presumably, is what is Google’s price and what it the concommitant cost in a repute system like the World Wide Web.
UPDATE: Jon Henke of Q&O Blog leaps to Google’s defense concluding:
As far as I can tell, the Chinese people are almost certainly better off with a commie-modified Google than without it. Perfect does not have to be the enemy of good.