It’s easy to condemn Internet censorship in China.
Yet it’s hard to come up with an appropriate response.
Technology companies in the United States can’t afford to stay out of China, the world’s most populous nation and almost surely destined to soon become the world’s largest economy.
At the same time, no foreign company supplying Internet hardware or services can enter China without first agreeing to support the “Great Firewall” of online censorship erected by the ruling Communist party.
And any company taking a solo stand against Beijing’s online censorship will be promptly booted out of the country.
There’s only one way out of this moral quicksand: A clear and consistent set of principles for what U.S. tech companies can and can’t do in China.