Monday, 25 January 2010

Google and China

I found an interesting article at on the Google v. China dispute.

I suggest that you read the article and I mention a few interesting points:

Google's chief legal officer Don Drummond complained that, Google's operations in China were hacked with the goal of accessing the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

The conspiracy theorists out there would say that the government was slowing down Google by using their firewall on purpose to aid Baidu's competitive advantage in China since search is all about speed in addition to accuracy.

We know generally that while delivers better search results than Baidu, many Chinese continue to use Baidu out of some nationalist pride.

Speculation on my part, but maybe they thought that if they publicly threatened to pull out of China, it would be embarrassing to the Chinese government and the government might cave on the issue.

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