Google vs China Mengjie Zhang, Staff Writer At beginning of 2010, Google announced that it might quit providing service in China un less Chinese web censorship ends. The announcement came after an attack on Gmail accounts. Google suspected that this attack was led by the Chinese government to get information about the activities of human rights activists. This announcement has led to great discussion amongst tech nology experts, politicians, and citizens. Some people support Google’s decision because they also believe that China’s web censorship is wrong. Others argue that Google wants to quit operating in China because it cannot compete with Baidu—a popular search engine in China. A third point of view argues that Google’s decision came from higher up, as a request from the U.S. government to pressure China into changing its censorship. Besides Google, Microsoft and Yahoo also operate in China. Yahoo supports Google’s back-out, but Microsoft has stated that they will continue all their operations in China and follow all laws and rules imposed by the Chinese govern ment. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a statement that she hoped China would investigate the Advanced Seatcl Language Tools Google Search I'm Feeling Lucky Advertising Programs - Business Solutions - About Gooale @2010 • Privacy attack on Google and start allow ing free, uncensored use of the in ternet for citizens. However, China argued that the United States is rather hypocritical because the US government forbids the spread of violence and pornography online; and, under the Patriot Act, the US claims the right to monitor phone conversations, internet use, and Screen shot of emails if necessary. Regardless of these statements,-however, both China and the Unjted State remain on good terms, and Google is left to fight this battle without official government support. News at a Glance gathered by Mengjie Zhang • The 2010 Winter Olynrpics opened with a beautiful ceremony on Febru ary 12th night in Canada, but have since been clouded by the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. • Top British fashion designer Alexan der McQueen, 40, w'as found dead at London home on February 11, 2010. • According to articles from New York Times on Febi’uary' 2, 2010, Google is dealing with nrajor issues concerning business and user privacy, copyright protection, and the dominance of Google’s Internet search engine in Europe. • US Secretary' of State Hillary Clinton Lvarns Iran not to “bitild their bomb” during speech given at the US-Islam- ic VV'^orld fonrm in Qatar. After a summit held in Brussels last I Thursday (Feb. 11th 2010), EU lead ers promised to help Greece with its debts. However, no details have been provided that explain how this will be done. I “Can you see me?” photographed by Mer^ith student Charis Hill, courtesy of the Study Abroad Office Advertise Here! Email

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