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. In defense of its 2006 decision, Google said that it complies with the law in

countries where it does business. But the author of a book on IBM and the

Holocaust says that IBM used the same defense in the 1930s when it provided

Adolf Hitler with the tools to keep “the wheels of the Holocaust running on

time.” The author says, “[they] want to be good Americans in the U.S. and good

collaborators in China. They want it both ways but there are certain things we

must not do.”106 Do you agree with the company’s stance? If so, what changed in


its ethos.”103 Another said, “No company should be forced to operate under government threat to its core values or to the rights and safety of its users.”104

China’s response was that firms doing business in China must obey its laws and it

did not back down. In March 2010, while maintaining R&D work in China and a sales

force, Google decided to close Google.cn and direct its Chinese users to its uncensored

Hong Kong website, hoping to make uncensored information more available. When

Hong Kong was set up by international treaty, China agreed to allow it to operate free

from most Chinese laws. But Chinese users quickly reported that searches for

politically sensitive information on the Hong Kong website produced blank pages.

In May 2012, Google began to inform users that certain search terms were being

censored. The government responded by blocking Google for 24 hours and by

increasing the censorship of gmail, Google’s email service. This is in addition to

the normal slowness of Google searches in China. The reason isn’t clear, but in

December 2012, Google stopped informing users about censorship. Every time

Google has tried to fight censorship, the government has responded quickly and

overwhelmingly, and it appears that Google may have given up trying.105