What would you say Google stands for?
Innovation … Collaboration … Freedom …
Yep, sounds about right.
Now, how about the Chinese government?
… Something had to give.
And so we have the latest escalation of tensions between Google and China.
Of all the American companies making a go of it in
And yet that’s what they were doing—until recently. Doing business with
But one man’s “constructive engagement” is another’s “destructive capitulation”—especially for somebody like Google founder Sergey Brin, who grew up behind the Iron Curtain.
So Google has dramatically reversed its play-nice approach, opting as of now for a defiant end-run around censorship by redirecting Chinese users of Google through the company’s unfiltered Hong Kong-based site.
Some argue that this is all just a convenient cover for a necessary business decision—pulling out of
And that may be, in fact, the bottom line.
Meanwhile, Google certainly benefits from publicly reaffirming its commitment to freedom, innovation and other principles that have made it the global force it is today.