The accusations sound a bit hollow. Perhaps, empty words for a western audience?
Or something else?
An article from Australia , of all places, brings up some interesting info. Why specifically mention Australia?
Because Australia censors! It too has a'great firewall' of censorship.
Not many people are aware of that fact. But, near silence on the part of the main stream media doesn't change the reality, that Australia censors the internet and New Zealand may follow.
Some worrying developments are occurring across the Tasman as Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy presses ahead with his plan to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.
Conroy announced he is making it mandatory for internet service providers (ISPs) to block a secret blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users.
Legislation to implement the scheme will be introduced before the federal election next year.
The announcement, made in the week before Christmas, has infuriated the Australian online community and spurred a campaign called No Clean Feed calling for a blackout. Another campaign by Get Up is also running.
And, it isn't just Australia and New Zealand. It is other alleged free and democratic societies. Snooping and censoring. Recall this story Internet snoops wanted. Apply US Army.
Or the latest? Cass Sunstein and his cointelpro proposal ? That is domestic counterintelligence.
Cass Sunstein is currently the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The head of the 'Office of Information' How very Orwellian!
In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).
I am hoping you get the idea? The intention is to censor alternative opinions.
How does Mr Sunstein propose this censorship take place?
"Employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories"
Clearly, China is not alone in the great game of censorship. So what gives?
Makes one wonder because the revenue stream is quite good for Google in China. They are not number one as in the US market, but they aren't hurting. So why would they take such a revenue hit?
After reading this part (quoted below) in differing articles I had to wonder if Google had embroiled itself in the great game of political intrigue on behalf of the west?
Google.cn is favoured by students and the middle class, the agents of social and political change. If the Communist leadership wasn't worried about its hold on power as economic growth transforms the nation, it wouldn't go to such lengths to block information.As you have read, China isn't the only country engaged in censorship. Is there another motivation behind the threatened pullout? Could Google be engaging in stirring the pot of dissension in China. Is Google being used as a tool of subversion? Or actively engaging in subversion?
If censorship is really the issue, where in the world could Google actually conduct business?