Google defends China deal – Joe McDonald (Updated)
From AP, via TheStar.com (link):
Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt defended the search engine’s co-operation with Chinese censorship as he announced Wednesday the creation of a Beijing research centre and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.
Google is trying to raise its profile in China after waiting until January to launch its Chinese-language site Google.cn. Activists have criticized the company for blocking searches for material about Taiwan, Tibet, democracy and other sensitive issues on the site.
UPDATE: In a related story, CNet News reports (link):
Yahoo’s long-running defense of its Chinese operations, which have been criticized for close cooperation with the country’s police agencies, took an unusual twist this week in a confrontation at the company’s headquarters.
Julien Pain of Reporters Without Borders, a free speech advocacy organization, stopped by Yahoo’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters on Monday accompanied by a film crew from ABC World News Tonight. In a moment reminiscent of Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” Pain asked to meet with company executives–but Yahoo sent out its security guards instead.