Thursday, January 26, 2006

Brin to blogosphere: "Forget about Don't Be Evil. We're now going for Do Be Practical"

Add transparency to hypocrisy and what do you get? Sergei Brin in Davos.

Asked about Googles decision to launch a censored search service in China in the margin of the World Economic Forum meeting he's attending, Brin defended it explaining: "I don't like it either but in the end we decided less information is better than no information."

Brin admitted critics of the decision do have a point, but, he said: "France and Germany require censorship for Nazi sites, and the U.S. requires censorship based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). These various countries also have laws on child pornography."

That's an interesting ethical shortcut. Brin basically says "China thinks human rights are evil, France and Germany think Nazis are evil, the US think child pornography and violating copyrights is evil. What am I to think?"

Nice try, Sergei.

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