China, as seen in the past 60 years, will move forward at its own pace toward safeguarding the public's right to know and building an open and harmonious society.Global Times - Google spat shows clash of cultures and values
Oddly enough the concerns of internet culture in general are brought in to a starker contrast in China. For the past 10 years most companies have working in "Web 2.0" have stressed "harmonious" social communities over open. The main difference between the Internet of today's private companies and the public usenet of 20 years ago are the number of images and level of censorship.
Finally in China even a company like Google's love of control and harmony has been tested in the politics of power. Frankly its hard to see how the western firm and governments are going to win this one, after a decade of compromises at home and in China.
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