Tuesday, March 23, 2010
CHICOMS Vs Google: Out Snooping The Snoopers
The growing conflict between the snoopers at Google and the snoopers from the People's Republic of China is heating up. Google's attempt to thwart Chinese Internet search restrictions by re-routing Google.cn users to servers based out of Hong Kong ignores the fact that Chinese Internet service runs through a complex filtering mechanism commonly knows as "The Great Firewall of China".
I've been watching this conflict with much amusement. There is something bitterly ironic about a company like Google crying foul over behavior that they openly espouse elsewhere. After all, wasn't it Google's CEO Eric Schmidt who said “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.”? The same Google CEO who blacklisted C-NET for posting information about him, taken from Google searches?
Isn't this also the same Google who's pushing so hard for "Net Neutrality", which would allow them to pimp their services over other providers lines free of charge?
I find this hard to believe, but I think I might actually be cheering on the Chicoms. Well, maybe not cheering them on, but at least enjoying the irony of it all.