Google威脅北京?!

2010/01/13

(是日晚上,為支持該公司之善舉,兩年來第一次搵暑假工,在其招聘網站留下了自己的CV。)

Google終究是一間上市公司,理論上應以商業利益至上,究竟這個行動之目的是甚麼?

威脅北京?以商業機構來說,可謂前無古人。問題是,Google有甚麼籌碼?憑甚麼可以威脅北京?

幾年前,Google高調進入中國,亦因為censorship而引起不少人對它批評。當日Google其中一個重要論點是,就算google進不了中國,其他互聯網公司一樣照辦如儀,GFW長存不死,倒不如讓Google佔其市場,做少少evil。

今日要脅退出,是否要推翻四五年前的商業決定?

我看未必。看見國內網民的其中一個反應是:「大檸樂,沒有Google,也就沒有gmail,youtube,picasa,google reader⋯⋯,以後就麻煩了⋯⋯」看見不少留言,都說「損失的是中國網民」。

Google的籌碼就是廣大的中國網民。

如果回到四年前,人們還沒開始習慣Google的產品,Google宣佈不進入中國市場,無可能會引起這樣熱切的討論,也就無可能構成任何輿論壓力。網民之威力,大家近年見得多。哪怕是偉大的北京政府,也是無法完全漠視的。

Google這個把戲,查實大家見得多。電訊公司常常免費送你這個服務那個服務幾個月,一旦習慣了某個方便,就好難戒甩。

再加上,在公開信上Google都給自己留了條後路:"…so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all." 關鍵字是"within the law",記住,在中國,言論審查是within the law的。

所以,我到底不相信Google會放棄中國市場。今日Google威脅退出,不過是種談判桌上的姿態而已。

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6 回應 to “Google威脅北京?!”

  1. tintinbright Says:

    Good catch :)… i like the wording ‘if at all’ … after all, business is part of politics and vice versa

  2. 黑人 Says:

    我覺得主要是抗議百度偷他們的resource 偷得太過份了
    搞到無肉食
    另外就是太多hacker 搞搞震
    所以索性扮反台,叫強國政府收斂一下

  3. C Says:

    Youtube and Picasa has been censored in China for years. I don’t think the replay you see is from typical mainland netizen. Google.com is also partially censored in China. Cache, video, group and many other services are censored as I recall. The China version of search is google.cn or g.cn. The results are quite different, especially on certain key words.

    In many ways, censorship is getting tougher in 2009; the technology becomes more sophisticated and not only serves the pure purpose of politics any more. For your record, facebook and flickr is censored; imdb is recently censored. No one knows the reason. Many people also consider the recent shutdown of many video sharing websites as an ransom for money.

    “在中國,言論審查是within the law的。" Which law? If it is law, you know where you can appeal to. A feature of censorship is that it is under table. It is not even very clear which government branch operates the GFW.


  4. 有了基本的支持者,谷歌才有籌碼和中國政府傾。

    中國政府一貫的處事方法就是沒有影響力的,談都不用談。

  5. hwang Says:

    I agree with “C" and “just little" . There’s no 威脅 to be done if there’s no leverage. So your whole thesis has no ground. I can see why most people who come out and defend China (not for its policy). It’s because Google is putting themself on a moral high ground and implying that China is on the opposite. I don’t like that implication either. However it’s the truth.

    Many defenders cite “abide by the law" or “rule", but they don’t say “abide by the censorship rule" or “abide by the rule to turn in political dissidents" .

    Other defenders would say “Other country have censorship, France, England, America patriot-act" as if to say “everyone does it so you have nothing to complain". If you say to the police officer “I was going 100 miles/hr because eveyone was", you will still get a ticket and guess what you just admitted to your guilt.

  6. Justin Says:

    Maybe I am wrong. Now I think that is google’s action is more of an exit strategy than trying to bargain with the Chinese government.

    These two weeks seems like both parties keep silent, I was hoping there will be some smart and sophisticated interactions between them.

    Let see….


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