Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Brin Admits That Google Has Made A Compromise in China (Softpedia, Romania)

“After claiming that they haven’t compromised their principles when accepting to censor the results returned to the Chinese, one of the founders of the Mountain View company has admitted that a compromise has been made.”

“In order to operate from China, we have removed some content from the search results available on, in response to local law, regulation or policy. While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information, or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information - is more inconsistent with our mission," Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel, told the Associated Press at the time.”

“The Google official emphasized that the search engine accepted censorship only after the Chinese authorities blocked the service.”

We were evil, Google founder admits
(The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)

“Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged the dominant internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.”

“Google's China-approved web service omits politically sensitive information that might be retrieved during internet searches, such as details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism from human rights groups.”

"We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference," Brin said.”

Google's Mr. Brin goes to Washington (

"Our reputation certainly suffered" from reports that Google's Chinese site -- -- did not show search results on topics critical of the Chinese government, he [Sergey Brin] said.

But he said only 1 percent of Chinese users use, while the majority uses the unfiltered

"We are not actually censoring in China," he added.”

China turns up the heat on (PC Pro)

“China has turned up the gas on the great firewall of China, cutting off access to almost completely, according to Reporters without Borders (RWB).

'It was only to be expected that would be gradually sidelined after the censored version was launched in January,' RWB said. 'Google has just definitively joined the club of western companies that comply with online censorship in China.

Makers of software such as Dynapass, Ultrasurf, Freegate and Garden Networks, built to get around Chinese controls, say that the increase in problems being experienced by Chinese users can only be put down to extra resources being poured into blocking Net access within China.

They say they are using information from these users to develop the software so that it still works effectively.”