From The News Week: If they’re not careful, Western tech companies could break up the Web.
China has also proved that censorship pays: it has developed a successful model for how government and business can collaborate to censor a nation’s Internet activities. This model could be applied in any country. If we’re not careful, we may wake up one day to discover that what a person can see and do on the Web will be radically different depending on which country he or she lives in: the Internet will become “The Internets.” And U.S. tech firms won’t have much of value left to sell if the Internet ceases to be the wonderful, world-connecting thing it is today. They must find a way to make their money in China without checking their values at the border. Morality aside, the long-term survival of their industry depends on it.