The biggest, most exciting and potentially best piece of news from Google that I have seen in the time I have reported on Google came last night.
* Google will refuse to accept censorship on the search engine results in China.
* Google considers shutting Google.cn down if those demands aren’t met.
* Google considers shutting down all Chinese operations, and will begin negotiations with Chinese authorities immediately.
All of the background can be read in a post from Googles chief legal officer David Drummond here.
Personally, I think this is wonderful news. If there is anything in the Google world I have had a hard time accepting, it’s the policy in China. Google does have the power and the importance needed to stand it’s ground and really making a difference by doing so. Finally, that path will be explored to the fullest.
This is more than ”don’t be evil”, this is ”be good”.
And guess what? I have a phone call to make. My publisher need to make sure that I can make some small adjustments to my book…