Monday, February 20, 2006

The Google Juxtaposition

Google throws out US data demand.

Go Google, I say. This really rubs against the criticism from US lawmakers for caving into the Chinese earlier on. But why? Not because I think Google are "hypocritical" or playing different games with different countries (which they probably are ), but because it highlights the different political tactics different nations use with respect to policy.

China, one could say, are at least laying down what can and cannot be searched for through Google. The US, on the other hand, is after user behaviour. Given the reports of population profiling in construction, which approach is more likely to lead to control over the habits of people in their own homes?

Sure, I'm simplifying it a "bit". But when democrat Tom Lantos says "I simply don't understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night" in reference to the accused companies, maybe that's his fault. The point is that it's easy to point a finger at people doing business, proclaiming them to be evil, but one shouldn't assume that the one doing the pointing is any less "concerned" about surfers' habits.

By bringing both sides together under their own, "related news" style Google banner, maybe this becomes easier to see.

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