Google Believes Censorship Will Fail in China

July 14, 2012

A Google Chairman believes that the “Great Firewall” of China will soon fall and leave an opening for a political change of the longstanding Chinese system of web censorship.

Eric Schmidt, head of Google’s board and chief spokesman speaks up about his beliefs on the ultimate failure of censorship in a recent article, “Eric Schmidt: The Great Firewall of China Will Fall.” Schmidt believes that China’s active and dynamic censorship will fail because open information will prevail. He believes this will lead to political and social liberalization across the country.

The article asserts Schmidt’s opinion:

“‘I personally believe that you cannot build a modern knowledge society with that kind of behavior, that is my opinion,’ he said. ‘I think most people at Google would agree with that. The natural next question is when [will China change], and no one knows the answer to that question. [But] in a long enough time period, do I think that this kind of regime approach will end? I think absolutely.’”

We are sure China is taking this insight to heart and will be watching for immediate changes in the next week or so. And what about those Google filters for certain words and firearms? That is obviously not censorious in any way, shape, or form.

Andrea Hayden, July 14, 2012

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