Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Google vs. China media battle

In January 2010, a little over a year from now, Google, the biggest search engine covering the world wide web, decided it would not allow the Chinese government to censor search engine results in order to moderate knowledge. The "Great Firewall of China" is the name given to the method of government interaction between internet users and potential websites or results. Google basically switched users to a site not censored by the national government (by redirecting users to to Hong Kong). Though this was a year ago, Google and China are still arguing over citizens rights and in the grand scheme, human rights. Is it our right as human beings to be able to surf and search the internet at our disposale? What are the potential consequences that may come from an entity like Google fighting against one of the most, if not the most, influential and strong governments in the world?

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