Sunday, June 11, 2006

That's not evil? (check out these links)

I know it seems like I'm on an anti-Google campaign, but I'm not really. After all, this site, blogger, is a G site, and I use G-mail, etc. etc. Often they are good at interface and ease of use.

But because I've been working on getting my website better indexed again I've been doing a lot of reading about search engines, and things come up like this:

Google's informal motto is "Don't be evil."

Yet they have colluded with the Chinese government to censor search engine results in China. An article by John Scott on "Google's Moral Superiority" dramatically demonstrates the results of this. Check out the differences in an image search for "Tiananmen Square" on google.com and google.cn:

1. http://images.google.cn/images?q=tiananmen
2. http://images.google.com/images?q=tiananmen

2 comments:

Claire said...

As I understand it, google has recently reconsidered their censorship-in-China policy. I don't know if it's going to go anywhere, though, because the Chinese government said that, to work in China, they had to follow Chinese law, and that meant that kind of censorship.

Uke Xensen said...

That comment (I think it was by Larry Page) was mainly PR, or at least it didn't reflect any actual policy change. As of today -- the end of July -- the links show that Google continues to collaborate with the Chinese censors.