Wait, Google - I Thought You Were Evil!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thanks to Jeremiah for sending these over. News is fast hitting about Chinese hacks against Adobe and Google. Very interesting stuff. But beyond the hacks themselves - in Google’s case targeting Chinese political dissidents - is this interesting news:

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Wow! And I do mean wow! Google is no longer willing to take the political hit associated with their flippant stance towards China’s censorship and is actually stepping up to do the right thing! Absolutely amazing. This is the first really truly non-evil thing I have seen Google do in years. I read a really funny article the other day by Fake Steve Jobs where he called Google sociopaths - and until today I agreed with that statement. Now I think at least they know what the difference between right and wrong is, even if they’ve definitely chosen the wrong route a greater percentage of the time than not.

Of course there is all kinds of potential for spin in Google’s blog post. For instance never once did they explain how their cloud wasn’t secure and you shouldn’t upload sensitive information to something that’s not secure if you care about that kind of thing. But alas, I’d never expect that either. Convenience will win that war over security either way. But it’s exciting news, and I’m interested to hear what the fallout of this one is.

Original Source: http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20100112/wait-google-i-thought-you-were-evil/
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