Google founder describes China as totalitarian state

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Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, told the Wall Street Journal that Chinese practices reminded him of what Russia was like under Soviet Union commissars.

He said that in the aftermath of the Summer Olympics in 2008, China started clamping down more on web censorship and “interfering” with Google’s business.

He said that tracking dissidents and censorship bore all the marks of totalitarianism and that bothered him.

Brin left the Soviet Union in 1979 when he was six – and when the Soviet Union was pursuing a policy of anti-semitism.

Google believed it could open up information in China but after the 2008 Olympics he claimed China told the company it needed extra permits.

He said that when Google discovered a hack attack had as its purpose looking at dissidents’ emails, he and the company had had enough.

China is not going to like this. Certainly, China has had a very long history of censoring web sites that don’t fit the views of the dictators that run the country. Google knew this well before the 2008 Olympics and it’s interesting it casts itself in a Goodie Two Shoes light.

Some – that’s us – have compared Google to Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984 because its software always seems to be watching you, in some way or another, and linking everything to everything else without anyone really knowing what it is doing.

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