Google Offers New Chinese Brand Name

The USA Today has details of Google’s launch of a Chinese-language brand name – “Gu Ge,” or “Valley Song,” – which is designed to give China’s users the warm and fuzzies.

CEO Eric Schmidt also answered critics who gave the company a hard time for agreeing to Chinese censorship laws.

“I think it’s arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning to operate and tell that country how to operate,” he said.

Asked whether Google might try to persuade Beijing to change its restrictions, Schmidt said he didn’t rule anything out, but said it hasn’t tried to change such limits elsewhere. He noted that Google’s site in Germany is barred from linking to Nazi-oriented material.

Thanks to Cindy!

  • http://www.chineseventure.co.uk/ Lady

    And I quote: “I think it’s arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning to operate and tell that country how to operate,”

    —I totally agree.
    We may have issues with censorship coming from the western perspective, but censorship very much oriented in the eastern kind of culture especially in China. The concept of absolute and democratic freedom is still new, and I wish people would just allow cultures to grow at their own pace instead of imposing.

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  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    Censorship of the internet to those with the technical know how is not possible. all that china and other country’s employing it will do is stop the average man in the street user from accessing the things they do not want them to see. If you remember the internet was designed originality to prevent disruption of communications in time of nuclear war & other world wide disaster scenarios . There is always another route to the information or site you are looking for even if your path is blocked or cut from a particular direction or source. so the very people they want to block will still be able to get through.

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