China at Odds With Future in Internet Fight

From the New York Times:

By publicly challenging China’s censorship, Google has stirred up the debate over the government’s claim that constraints on free speech are crucial to political stability and the prosperity that has accompanied . Even if it is unlikely to pose any immediate threat to the , Google’s move has clearly discomfited the government, Chinese analysts say.

“The average age of Chinese is still very young,” said Hu Yong, a professor at Peking . “This is a matter of the future and whether the government’s Internet policy wants to fight with the future.

“If this process goes on, more and more people are going to realize that their is being infringed upon, and this could bring changes down the line.”

Google may rank a distant second to the Baidu search engine, but its estimated 80 million users are comparatively better educated and wealthier. Surveys show that roughly two-thirds are college educated.

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