Argument: By leaving, Google impairs Chinese scholars and reformers

Issue Report: Google decision to stop censoring results in China


Shaun Rein. “Opposing view: Google’s big mistake.” USA Today. March 29th, 2010: “Ballmer was right: Remaining in China helps Microsoft provide Chinese consumers with more product choice and gives him a seat at the table to help push for reform. Google’s standing up so publicly and stridently is counterproductive — hurting those who want to reform China’s approach to the Internet more than it helps them.

[…] Google’s ultimatum — to let it stop censoring searches or it will leave— has cut reform-minded officials’ legs off at the knees, as well as strengthening the power of officials who take a dimmer view of allowing Chinese Internet users access to sites outside China.”