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Should Google Censor Their Search Results In Order To Operate In China?
Having access to a restricted Google search engine is better than not having access at all.
(p.9) of Chinese internet users will attempt to use Google to search for 'controversial terms' such as 'democracy' or 'human rights.' The majority of users will not be affected by Chinese censorship.
As a foreign company, Google is more independent and is less likely to be influenced by China's government.
Agreeing to censorship allows Google access to the Chinese market. This allows it to be able to at least give some information to people who would otherwise receive none from Google.
declares that the company’s goal is to bring information to as many people as possible. Operating in China allows it to reach more people.
China could use Google's tracking data to create information blackouts and
. These tools could be used to actively cause harm, and so may be worse than simply not having access to Google.
Quite the opposite - what you see in your search results creates a certain scope of
about that term or idea - you are not aware of the "absent". Even if you know that your search is censored, you don't know what is "missing.".
State interference upon Google includes the monitoring of Gmail accounts. Subjecting trusting clients to
may be worse than having no service at all.