Google In China Essay

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Google in China
When Google was being created, the designers had one main goal for the company. They wanted to find the best way to organize the entire world’s information in a way to make it easily accessible and useful. Google’s mantra has been “don’t be evil” since day one and continues to be at the core of their company’s business ethics. In 2000, Google decided to begin a Chinese language site for the people of China but based the operations in the United States. Chinese officials blocked the Google website in 2002 and redirected users to a state run government search engine. After one of the co-founders read several books to try to understand why the Chinese government ...view middle of the document...

Even when following the guidelines set forth by the Chinese government Google did experience problems operating in China. Google maintains that during the first 4 years in China, they were hacked numerous times and they blamed these hackings on the Chinese Government and stated that they are very capable of sophisticated cyber-attacks (Chomhaill, McKelvey, Curran, & Subaginy, 2014). Governments and governmental agencies have the right to regulate and censor any information that they deem inappropriate, vulgar, matter of national security, or not in their citizen’s best interest. It is done here in the United States, even if we do not realize it. Nudity and cigarette commercial on TV are acceptable in Europe but not here in the States.
Google can continue self-censoring operation in China and provide the “most information possible” to the people of China while complying with Chinese regulations and policies and still “don’t be evil.” The self-censoring of the information provided to Chinese users will allow Google to still hold their vision and mantra (Clark & Lee, 2008).
1. Google believes in and follows a Utilitarian philosophy when it comes to business; do the most good for the most people and believed they could still use that...

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