Who will win?
If you’re media savvy, then you should already be aware of the dramatic history between Google and China.
To censor; or not to censor: that is the question, right?
Of course, we have Google sitting in the anti-censorship corner, so to speak, and the Chinese government sitting in pro-censorship corner.
Again, in case you forgot, in 2010 the Chinese government arrested Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo for writing Charter 08 — a manifesto for Chinese reform — posted online.
Now, with the world making eye contact with China; relying on the Chinese Yuan to take control of the world’s “economic reins” — Google’s major influence in business still remains strong.
Despite Google-China conflicts, Western-bred Eric Schmidt, former Google Chairman and CEO recently announced this week that Google and China still continue to possess a financially profitable relationship.
The rise in Android’s popularity is one major reason.
“Google wants to serve China’s citizens within the limits the government allowed. We’re very happy with the growth of Android in China and we’re growing — we’re a profitable business in China.” Said Schmidt.
Earlier on in 2011, Google acquired Motorola – the company who invented the cellphone — for $12.5-billion, now owning centuries of Motorola patents; strengthening their empire, ready to eclipse Apple.
But, will this help Google implement 100% free search in China?
Will China ever have 100% free search?
In June 2011, China began to open censor-free districts, made for foreign businesspeople specifically in the city of Chongqing. Unfortunately, anyone who needed censorship-free internet had to go through a series of security checks.
Although censorship-free districts in China is a small step forward, will the growing popularity of Android transform the overall algorithm of Google?
The Chinese government may want to tighten the noose amongst its people even more; especially with recent uprise in Europe and the Arab Spring — toppling over dictators.
Asia is a capital for technological innovation, but enemy of 100% censorship-free search — they may already have taken a few notes from its predecessors; finding a back door to lure its people and the world into.
What will come out of this?
An internet two? A TV-subscription like internet model that requires people to pay for censorship-free Google?
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