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11.2.06

Yahoo! and Google kowtow—would I? 

I thought about the above question today. Would I enter the market with my products? Probably, but unlikely. There is some call for it at the moment, and we have had partner firms investigate the possibility for at least one of my businesses, but my heart is never in it. So would I cooperate with authorities of an unelected whose publicly insult me to disclose the names and other of my customers? Not on your life.
   The more I think about it, the more I dislike these decisions to compromise your and your very essence for the sake of .
   The argument even I advanced was that cooperating with the legal of one nation was better than not providing your service to its nationals. It is also better, I thought, for people to go to than to or a , Chinese-owned service. But what is the difference now? And what damage does that do to the when is because, history tells us, this is likely to happen? Would you like to be a ?
   While Baidu and others might make it outside China—they already serve many—hypothetically, I would rather have the support of all my existing customers, who create enough of a groundswell that future will opt for my service. Let them crave for it now—in Google’s case it had a for . When freedom rings, be there for the people. Watch the queues like ’s did when it first opened.
   These institutions are not legal, per se. The is not elected. It fails the most basic requirement of membership in the —that the nation state be .
   It might mean I will miss out on some dollars. But while I run this firm, I will have a . If our products go into Red China, then I doubt I will change my tune. If compelled to change, I will make the decision to withdraw.

Del.icio.us tags: Google | China | Yahoo! | branding | brands | human rights | democracy | freedom
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Comments:
Good for you Jack. You raise some excellent points. I pray China would become democratic someday and that the real possibility of that will affect Google and Yahoo today.  
Thank you, Randy. I know China will be free some day. History, too, shows it is likely to happen, especially with so much worker abuse happening there.  
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