Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Google v. China: the view from the Middle Kingdom

Google's announcement that it was considering pulling out of China was a shocker. Never before had any major US corporation considered closing its operations in China altogether, and certainly not for reasons unrelated to revenue. 

Those living in the US have no doubt heard the accusations by Google and the concern of the State Department—but the debate has played out quite differently in the Chinese media and among Chinese citizens. We asked China-based journalist Steven Schwankert to give us the Chinese perspective on censorship, Google, and the US call for more "Internet freedom."