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Hypocrisy with Google characteristics

January 28, 2010

Now Google has painted itself into a corner in China with generous help from the US government. Earlier hopes for negotiations between Google and the Chinese government to find a middle ground are all but vaporized, with the US government publicly demanding China to back down. Google wanted the world to think the whole thing is about its unwavering principle “don’t be evil”, Google wanted to be seen as a champion of freedom, democracy, transparency and human rights (exactly what the US government thinks it stands for); however Google failed to realize that the world is not just a bunch of 4-year-olds who don’t know what “hypocrisy” means. From Google CEO Eric Schmidt:

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,”

“If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines – including Google – do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.”

I guess if the Chinese government was really behind hacking into the e-mail accounts of those so-called “human rights activists”, they should simply have done what the US government would have done – demanding Google to turn over the information to the authorities and Google would have happily obliged. Ahh, the stupid Chinese government again!!

Anyway, here is a must-read analysis on this fiasco. India won again. 🙂

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