Google has a misjudgment of China’s future in that it foresees a division of the internet with half to be controlled by Communist China.
Speaking at a private event hosted by Village Global VC earlier this week, tech luminary and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that the internet will bifurcate into Chinese-led and US-led versions within the next decade, according to CNBC.
Eric Schmidt has the most persuasive reasons to make his assumptions when he has witnessed the successful application of technology in every aspects of the people’s lives and the might of its dictatorship.
“If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal. Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.”
“If you think of China as like ‘Oh yeah, they’re good with the Internet,’ you’re missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you’re going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There’s a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc.”
Eric Schmidt has only seen the strength of human intelligence and hard work; he has not been able to understand the natural force from the Rule of Law, a force of justice and humanity always there between the heavens and earth.
Google is not that wrong to pursue a dominance in business. Under Sundar Pichai’s leadership, Google has explored the potential to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, stirring up controversy internally and outside the company.
In that controversy, we see a struggle of the human’s conscience and the righteousness of law against the greed and ignorance of the evils.
“We are not close to launching a search product in China and whether we would do so or could so so is all very unclear,” Pichai said at an internal all-hands meeting in mid-August, according to a transcript obtained by CNBC. “But the team has been in an exploration stage for quite a while now, and I think they are exploring many options.”
However, Google’s human resources department reportedly told employees to delete a memo that was circulating with details about the company’s secretive plans to launch a censored search app in China, according to The Intercept.
The memo indicated that employees working on the project were told in late July to prepare to get it in “launch-ready state” to roll out upon approval from Beijing officials.
Google executives know the risks, and they seem willing to take that risk, whether or not its employees and shareholders might want to ask if it’s worth it.
Adam Minter reported with a title in Bloomberg, “Google Could Pay Dearly for Catering to China”, saying “The company shouldn’t think it can insulate its global business from a mainland-only search engine.”
It is well known now that last spring, the company began work on Dragonfly, a search engine customized for the China market that would block keywords such as “human rights” and provide Chinese authorities a means of tracking whoever is daring enough to attempt such searches.
The search engine will reportedly link any searches entered by a user directly to his or her phone number, allowing Chinese authorities to easily track citizens seeking out blacklisted information, and placing political dissidents at risk of human rights violations such as interrogation or detention.
They know that they are doing evil. They know we know that they are doing evil. And they know “do good, good things follow; do evil, evil things follow.” But they are still doing what they do.
In May (some report says July 31), Google quietly removed “Don’t Be Evil” from the text of its corporate code of conduct, deleting a catchphrase that had been associated with the company since 2000. However, the document’s last line remains, “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!”
We know they the Communist government of China has a long list of “blacklisted keywords”, apart from “human rights”. They have already blocked from time to time over 1000 characters out of the 3000 most commonly-used Chinese characters.
“I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negotiating position across the globe,” Google senior research scientist Jack Poulson told his superiors in his resignation letter, adding, “I’d rather stand with the human rights organizations in this dispute,” in an interview with BuzzFeed.
“If Google is willing to play along with China, governments in Russia, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere will have little reason not to fortify their own measures to control content and opinion”, Suzanne Nossel, executive director of the Pen American Centre, said with Financial Review.
“The efficacy of China’s authoritarianism – its efficiency in driving growth and alleviating poverty, its success in marrying market capitalism with Communist Party oligarchy, its ability to open the doors to globalisation while keeping a lid on unwelcome ideas – may cause some to privately wonder whether resistance to Beijing’s repression is futile”. She added.
Sometimes the CCP acts as wolf with goat’s skin; sometimes it acts as goat with wolf’s skin. But its nature as animals has never changed. Instead of helping the evils to do more harm to the world, we suggest Google do something to bring down Beijing’s Great Firewall.
“Beijing’s goal, and that of tyrants everywhere, will prove fruitless in the end. Even if the people of China are confined to a vocabulary stripped of truth, the eternal concepts of freedom of thought and expression, the right to public assembly, property ownership, and liberty will burn in the hearts of the oppressed, and no people stays enslaved forever,” said Mitchell Gunter with the Federalist.
Expressing a mix of disappointment and disgust at reports about Dragonfly, Sophie Richardson, the China director at Human Rights Watch, said she was distressed to see Google not only walk away from what she called a “principled approach” in 2010 but now “snuggle right up” to the Chinese government. “Google should be insisting on the highest possible standards,” she said, instead of helping the Chinese government to build a better “mouse trap”, according to the Guardian.
We are happy to see that Donald Trump and the US government are taking actions to stop this from happening. More over we are happy to see that more of the world community start to know about the truth and stand up for what is right.
A final note, we don’t look at this Google China Initiative totally a bad thing. With the debate and Google’s popularity, more people will see more clearly the nature of the vicious Communist regime in China and its threat to humanity. And this in itself is the victory of civilisation and justice.
by Staff writer