BRIN SAYS: GOOGLE COMPROMISED PRINCIPLES June 7, 2006Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality, Politics.
Sergey Brin goes to DC and has audience with 4 Senators regarding (per reports) Net Neutrality. There is mention that Sergey can not meet with as many Congressmen as he would prefer…We chalk that up to newness with DC .. BUT THEN:
Now comes this news from the AP: “Brin says Google compromised principles.”
From the story:
Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the
dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by
accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling
to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had
agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked
its service in that country.
…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.
“Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense,” Brin
said….Brin said Google is trying to improve its censored search
service, Google.cn, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said
virtually all the company’s customers in China use the non-censored
“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say,
‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we
won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said.
“It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how
people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”
What Happened in Washington DC? This is a major statement from one of the most powerful Executives in the world about a VERY contentious policy his company has implemented.