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Can Google do business ethically in China?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

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Can Google do business ethically in China?

The Wikileaks documents released in the past few days revive that question, first posed in 2006 when the search engine entered the world's largest market, by revealing some of the hardball tactics that Beijing's communists are using to bring Mountain View's capitalists to heel.

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John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog, on Google’s Political Influence and “Misguided Motto”

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

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As Google grows in size, so does its political influence. And, while this may not overly worry most people, there is one man who is keeping a close watch on the search engine firm. He is Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson, and one gets the feeling that he revels in his role of giant-killer.

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Google finds itself on the defensive in China

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Google finds itself on the defensive in China

The falling out between Google and the Chinese government continues with Beijing getting rather the best of Mountain View. The results won’t make much difference to American consumers but China’s actions do show how a national government can impose its will on a far-flung networked corporation.

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Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

Last month, The Financial Times reported that Google was blaming Microsoft software vulnerability for the multinational cyber attack it encountered earlier this year. In response, unnamed Google employees said, the company was phasing out the Windows operating system at the company. But, maybe it's about the money.

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website, Inside Google, to focus attention on the company’s activities and hold Google accountable for its actions. The sites’ URL is http://insidegoogle.com.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Sheds Light On Security, Search, AdMob, China

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Monday, May 17, 2010

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Google could announce this week that it will move SSL encryption implemented in Gmail to other services such as search. During the company's annual shareholders meeting a question on this from John Simpson, an investor who works for Consumer Watchdog, prompted a curt "Do you get the drift of the answer?" from Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt after Google vice president of search Marissa Mayer replied "stay tuned." Encryption has moved to the forefront after Google's admission last week it had collected small pieces of private information people sent through unencrypted wireless networks.

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Few Hardballs from Shareholders at Google’s Annual Meeting

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Friday, May 14, 2010

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Perhaps the toughest shareholder question came from consumer advocate John Simpson, who asked Schmidt whether Google had agreed to a reported $700 million "kill fee" if Google's $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob is rejected by government antitrust regulators. Schmidt neither confirmed or denied that number, but predicted the deal would be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, which is expected to rule in coming days.

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April Fool! Parodies on Google or is the joke on us?

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

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April Fool! Parodies on Google or is the joke on us?

Google’s April Fool joke this year – renaming its search site “Topeka” – was a self-congratulatory disappointment compared with some of the funny self-parodies of previous years, for instance, here or here. The mayor of Topeka in March announced a month-long renaming of Kansas’ capital city to “Google, KS” as part of the city’s bid […]

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Google does the right thing in China, but not necessarily for the right reason

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Monday, March 22, 2010

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Google stopped self-censoring its Chinese search engine, Google.cn, on Monday and redirected that site's visitors to Google.com.hk, its site based in Hong Kong. As part of the move Google starting making search results on the Hong Kong site available in simplified Chinese characters, which are used in the People's Republic of China.

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Google China: Search Engine’s Stand Against Censorship Welcomed By Campaigners

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Monday, March 22, 2010

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Google's decision to stop filtering search results hailed as triumph for internet freedom and a boost to the people for China Consumer Watchdog, the California consumer, education and advocacy organization agreed: "Google should be commended for its action. The internet giant should never have censored results in the first place, but the action is a strong move towards supporting freedom of speech on the internet," said consumer advocate John Simpson.

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Google, NSA Partnership Raises Privacy Hackles

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

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The revelation that Google Inc. is partnering with the National Security Agency to probe a widespread cyber attack has quickened the pulse of privacy advocates.

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Google asking spy agency for help

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Google has apparently gone to the super secret National Security Agency seeking help in preventing cyber attacks.

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Consumer Watchdog Lauds Clinton’s Call For Open Internet, Stresses Need For Online Consumer Privacy Safeguards

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Lauds Clinton’s Call For Open Internet, Stresses Need For Online Consumer Privacy Safeguards

WASHINGTON, DC --  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s condemnation of cyber attacks and censorship is an important endorsement of a free global Internet, but just as important to ensuring the Internet’s contribution to democracy and economic growth is a commitment to consumer privacy, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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