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The Great Firewall of China

How Google caved in to China's authoritarian government while spouting do-gooder cliches at the same time.

12:00 AM, Sep 30, 2004 • By MICHAEL C. BOYER
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"Sometimes the 'Don't be evil' policy leads to many discussions about what exactly is evil," Brin said recently. "One thing we know is that people can make better decisions with better information." Exactly. And Google has the power to play hardball. If popular demand for Google in China is so massive, why sit idly by as the Chinese obstruct access to information?

Michael C. Boyer is associate editor at Foreign Policy magazine.