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Commending Google

  • Date Submitted: 01/08/2011 09:02 AM
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Google Inc. is a multinational Internet search company that has invested in cloud computing, Internet search, and advertising.   Founded in Stanford University by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was considered a private held stock company in 1998, and became a public operated company in August 2004. (Google, Inc., 2009)   “Google runs over one million servers in data centers in the world, and processes over one billion search requests of user-generated data per day.” (Eric Kuhn, 2009)   The company currently offers a large gamut of products and productivity software such as, Gmail email, Google Talk, YouTube, Blogger, and Orkut.   Their dominant market position and control of international search engines has led to criticism over issues including privacy, copyright and censorship.
Since the early 2000’s, Google Inc. has been in an ongoing battle with foreign countries; particularly China, regarding the request to censor the internet, adhering to freedom of speech principles and keeping the Internet open for users worldwide.   Ever since Google entered the Chinese market in 2005, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government and Google have disagreed over censorship and other issues, although Google has complied with Chinese laws in theory.   “In 2003, Internet activists and journalists led an online uprising that eventually forced the abolishment of the Custody and repatriation procedure, and the establishment of constitutional committee of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.” (Human Rights Watch, 2007) “In the 2005, the PRC purchased 200+ routers from Cisco Systems, an American company that would allow the PRC government a more technologically advanced method of censoring the Internet.” (CTV News, 2005)     In October of 2005, the PRC government restarted its policy of blocking access to Wikipedia.   In 2006, a group of former senior Communist party officials in China criticized the Internet censorship, stating that strict censorship may “sow...

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